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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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  • August 17, 2017
    This stage amounts to the same spot where stood the ancient Stadium in Athens, according to a plan and capacity (68 000 places) identical. The bleachers, all in pentelic marble, are steep but each place has views of the track. Renovated to host the first Olympic Games of the modern era in 1896, this magnificent stadium still welcomed the arrival of the marathon during the 2004 edition. To see.
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  • August 17, 2017
    The stadium has some secrets many people don't know about when they do the tour without guidance. The most surprising thing might be that this stadium hasn't been build just for the reintroduction of ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Amazing stage of extreme historical importance knowing great glories artistic policies here became the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. When in antiquity were here matches the rest of the folks in the world were uploaded in trees.
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  • June 1, 2017
    Absolutely amazing! It's breath taking and I 100% recommend taking this sight in if you're in Athens. Couple things to note 5€ entrance fee, comes with a free audio tour in many different languages. Helpful hint bring some headphones with you or you'll have to hold the speaker up closer to your ear to listen. I also recommend actually sitting at the top level where you can see the acropolis.
  • June 28, 2017
    Run in the footsteps of those who made history! Pretty impressive, and totally worthwhile running a few laps. There are few tourists here compared to other tourist sites, making for a pleasant change. It definitely gets hot here, so go during the morning or evening (a common trope w tourist locations in Athens in the summer).
  • June 14, 2017
    This stadium has a rich history and was one of my favorite locations I visited in Athens. There aren't too many tourists so it's easy to roam about and enjoy your surroundings. I recommend the audio tour. It will take you around the stadium and explain the history of what happened there.
  • May 15, 2017
    This is an amazing place. You step in and you're totally overwhelmed by the image of the first modern Olympiads staged here more than a hundred years ago. You're also quite surprised at the narrowness of the arena, unlike the ones we now see: evidently, runners then were loosing much time in the tight turns. Also quite interesting is the little museum that showcases the official posters and Olympic torches of (most) all Modern Olympiads. You also see the basque where (apparently) the Olympic flame is taken from to carry it wherever a new Olympiad is staged. Well worth a visit.
  • May 19, 2017
    A surprising museum on the passageway up in the back was a great way to view some Olympic history. They have torches and posters from many of the modern Olympiads. The free audio guide does a good job concisely going over the history and structure. Worth an hour or so stop.

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