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Herod Atticus Odeon, Athens

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.
It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and left in ruins by the Heruli in 267 AD.
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  • What a treasure from antiquity. We first admired it while entering the Acropolis at its 8am opening. It was out of season so no concerts and it wasn’t open for walking around. Nevertheless we had...  more »
  • Such an amazing classic looking Roman structure. Due to Covid restrictions, you couldn't go into the theatre which was a shame. Good point was that there was no-one around so we could get...  more »
  • This point is inside Acropolis, so the same ticket is ok. The place is very beautiful and you can get a sense of what the theater plays were like at that time. I loved it.  more »
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  • In the lower part of the Athens' Acropolis the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an amphitheater where during spring/summer/autumn theatrical plays and concerts are held. I went to a traditional Greek music concert and lightnings lit up the arcades behind the stage. Great experience!! I recommend at least a visit, it is included in the ticket for the Acropolis
  • This ancient theatre still hosts performances in these days and amazes visitors with an impressive acoustics. I have been told it is the second best in the world, the first being the Epidaurus theatre in the Peloponnese. I believe it. I visited this theatre right before mid-September 2019 with my niece to watch a graduation students’ performance of a Greek fairy tale “The Snowman and the Girl”. I was amazed by the acoustics and just wished being seated more to the centre of the auditorium to have a proper view of the light effects. The performance was impressive and the whole experience just great. Tips for visitors: Take a light jacket or a warm scarf even in summer time, it may get surprisingly windy and chilly in the auditorium. Also, be prepared to ascend or descend many stairs and perhaps take an extra pillow for back support while seated.
  • Unarguably the most spectacular open-air theatre in Greece. Provides a magical setting at the base of the Acropolis with an amazing view. It has hosted legendary performances and still going. Also note that ll theatre performances will be accompanied by subtitles in English unless otherwise specified..
  • Amazing live performance, with a combination of classic rock and symphony orchestra. The sound and visuals were great, and the Odeon provided an absolutely spectacular and unique setting for such a performance. Highly recommended to add this to your list of activities if you're visiting Athens.
  • What an incredible experience. Watching a show in this theatre (over 2.000 years old) is a privilege. Very well managed, with plenty of attendants to secure both safety and comfort, the theatre prides itself on adhering to its published time schedules and refusing admittance after the show has started. Everybody should go at least once during their lifetime.

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