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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. Using our online itinerary creator, Athens attractions like Panathenaic Stadium can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was feeling that I was one of the runners from 1000/yrs ago. Very big stadium and I paid only 5€ ..  more »
  • Hard to believe, this is entirely made os marble. It's horseshoe shape is kind of strange compared to modern stadiums; however it allows to be viewed from the open side even if you don't want to go in...  more »
  • Cool - well maintained - I think this is the place where first Olympic Games was held . Worth a visit. Just a few metres walk from the Temple of Zeus. Beware of taxi drivers at temple of Zeus who try ...  more »
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  • €5 admission fee, €2.50 for eu students ( which is supposed to be free). Looks quite interesting but I haven't been inside
  • Amazing! Beautiful! The audio tour is the perfect addition to the place. You go around the stadium and the audio tour tells you the history of the place. There is even a hidden chamber and the stories are really cool. Do go up on the row 21 of the stadium to see the city. It is worth it. The view is incredible! The only place, as a student, that I had to pay to get in in Greece but it was really cheap, like 2 euros.
  • Hard to describe the feeling you get when you enter the stadium. It's so unique (especially as we're here during Rio 2016) and one can only imagine how raucous it must have been back in 1896 with 68,000 spectators. The collection of Olympic flames / memorabilia is excellent.
  • First olympic games were held here. Landmark. Stadioum build with marmor from ancient times
  • Great stadium, nice to just walk around and imagine what happened here. It's very cool to see all of the Olympic torches in one place. Cheap entry.