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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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  • 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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  • 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 »
  • 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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  • One of the highlights of Athens, super cheap to get into and it was empty! They have a whole exhibit in the back about the Olympics which I loved. They also have the different torches for most of the modern Olympic games - so cool!
  • The audio guide was really helpful and transformed the experience! We took our time to enjoy the surrounding, look for the ancient marbles and walk through the museum. An excellent visit overall.
  • A contemporary place of huge significance historically at the birth place of the Olympic Games. Superbly built with marble only. Has this historical appeal, the track atypical in shape. Carries great vibes.
  • Really beautiful stadium where the first modern Olympics took place. 5 euros entrance with audio guide in many languages included. For sport and history lovers it is a must go place. The stadium is very well conservated. I went early in the morning and was able to took good photos with almost none persons. There are souvenir shops inside and outside the stadium, some itens are really nice but very expensive.
  • About a 15 minutes walk from Hadrian’s arch. Good value admission (€5) including an interesting audio guide. The museum on site is small, with a near-complete collection of Olympic torches. A good way to connect to the city’s Olympic history.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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