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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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  • This well preserved 6th century BC 'Panathenaic Stadium' in the center of Athens can be reached on foot, sightseeing-bus or car. It's really worthy to visit, and when you are standing in this huge, hi...  more »
  • The Panathenaic stadium is the stadium became the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Built in 338 BC and in ancient times was used for the celebration of gymnikwn matches. Today is visiting space and shut down the Athens classic Marathon which takes place every year in early November.
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  • a place with great history and is well preserved, very good guided tour, one can imagine that place with the occupied stands and it should be exciting.
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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.