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Panathenaic Stadium, Athens

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Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient stadium, Panathenaic Stadium serves as the only major sports venue in the world built entirely of white marble. The stadium, one of the oldest in the world, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and now serves mostly as a venue for live concerts and archery events. Originally built on this site in 566 BCE and renovated several times over the centuries, the hairpin-shaped stadium could once seat about 80,000 spectators. Today, the fifty rows of marble steps have the capacity to receive about half as many visitors. Take a morning jog on the ancient track, or take self-guided audio tour of the entire stadium. To visit Panathenaic Stadium on your trip to Athens, use our Athens trip itinerary tool .
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  • One of the main historical sites of Athens, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896. A beautiful structure, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely...  more »
  • Probably not worth the entrance fee. I was a bit pushed for time so decided against going inside. For pics of the stadium only you can get quite adequate shots just by standing near the entrance.  more »
  • A double interest in this visit because the two eras is there new. On the one hand, the reconstitution of the ancient Stadium founded by Lycurgus (330 AC) carries in the past and allows us to imagine sports and games taking place. On the other hand, we are also affected by the incredible momentum that it took Pierre de Coubertin, to rebuild this stage so that can take place the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Dazzling white pentelic marble beautiful anyway, result. Well worth an hour of your time.
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  • A must-see when in Athens. Wheelchair friendly and one can walk all over it, which was excellent. I enjoyed climbing the steps and taking selfies. One can actually see the Acropolis from it, making for some top-north sunset photos. Be aware that some of the steps are quite small, and the all-marble seats can be very slippery (especially in the rain). It was warm even during the winter (all that marble looks incredible and retains heat well) and has little shade, so be prepared. Many Olympic torches and posters are found inside. Excellent, free audio guide available in several languages, including English. Cheaper tickets than other sites, only 5 euro. Not crowded at all when I went in the afternoon. There are bathrooms on site, but they cost 50 cents.
  • This place was awesome. Why you ask? Because you were allowed to go everywhere: walk, run or sprint around the track used for the first modern Olympics. It's hard not to let your imagination go wild. Also the view from the top seating of this all marble stadium is pretty cool.
  • Awesome, no crowds on a Monday morning. Museum full of historical facts. Wheelchair friendly. Allowed to walk / run on the running track. Amazing views from the top seats. Well worth a visit.
  • really good - free audio guides in all languages. tickets 5€. inside check out all the old posters and torches from previous olympic games. walk down where gladiators would have walked. great experience!
  • A nice historical landmark with good views. Audio tour focuses more on the modern Olympics than its ancient roots. Warnings: ticket booth is cash only, and the stadium can be difficult to walk around if you're movement-impaired.

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