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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 route planner to visit Theater of Dionysus on your trip to Athens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • This is an important part of a visit to the Acropolis slopes. Although not completely restored, the lower levels of seating are complete and you are able to get a feel for how it must have looked...  more »
  • It was a shame that the theatre was closed, but with Covid restrictions in place, you couldn't get in to see it. You could just glimpse it from the outside but it looked good. I will have to come...  more »
  • Leaving the acropolis and strolling along the south slopes leads to this still impressive performance area. Its first incarnation originated probably in the late 6th century BC and it was the model...  more »
  • Wonderful monument, partially being restored. Perfect location a short walk away from the Acropolis. Would recommend going all the way up to the top of the Acropolis first, earlier than later (before 10am), then traveling to the other stops as they won't be crowded by the time you get there.
  • On the slopes of Acropolis this theatre is definitely worth a closer look. It may not be as well preserved as the Epidauros theatre,A part of ancient Acropolis, this arena gives you a perception that these people really liked theatres. Just close your eyes and imagine the life of ancient people.
  • Unfortunately this ancient theatre is not well preserved. It had 7000 seats but nowadays only the lower part is saved. It belongs to the archaeological site of Acropolis so you don't have to pay to visit it. Worth a visit.
  • Amazing to think that theater began here. The place is in somehow good shape (taking into consideration its age), so it to es you a very good idea of what it was.
  • This needs to be on your list. We had the best guide, Silvia, gave us a demonstration on the sound quality of the acoustics. If you climb to the top of the theater, the view is amazing!

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