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Theater of Dionysus, Athens

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See what is thought to have been the birthplace of theatrical representations in Athens at Theater of Dionysus. Situated on the south slope of Athens' Acropolis, the oft-overlooked site dates back to the 4th century BCE. Although smaller and less restored than many of the city's ancient attractions, the open-air theatre has great historical significance. Wander through the remains of this mighty complex, which would have once seated an audience of 17,000, and imagine the spectacles that took place here. It's a good idea to bring some water and sun protection with you. Use our Athens trip generator to add Theater of Dionysus and other attractions to your Athens vacation plans.
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  • Spectacular ruins from two millenia ago...the first stone amphitheatre is located at the base of the Acropolis and the Parthenon...sit in the middle of the theatre and think what it would have been li...  more »
  • First visit - when you're climbing the Acropolis - the theater is located down the hill and sometimes it can easily be confused with an odeon, which lies nearby. The best thing about the Theater of Di...  more »
  • You can see this marvel of antiquity from different angles, when you're climbing, if you do it from that side, or down, you can also see from the ascent to the Acropolis, none of the views will disappoint you.
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  • Accessible while visiting the Acropolis (southern slope). Unimpressive when seen from close range (it's damaged pretty good), but still has interesting details worthing an attentive observation. When seen from above, preferably from the Acropolis, it gets a different aura, fitting perfectly in the landscape. If you'd like, you can walk around the seats area.
  • Really awesome entryway to the amphitheater. From here you get a great or review of the old historical City or as referred to as the Plaka. It's a little bit of a journey uphill to get here so I would plan on bringing water and a light snack. There's plenty of places to dispose of your trash properly. Also there's a guided tours. When you are leaving be sure to have some extra money in your pocket and hit the gift shop or the vendors and try some authentic Street Food.
  • Absolutely incredible, I wish I would have been here for a show though.
  • After Epidaurus the most beautifully preserved amphitheater. Best to visit with a group of friend in the off season so you can also check out the acoustics.
  • Awesome amphitheater where most of the classical play of Euripide and Sophocles were played. The original was much bigger but it is impressive as is.