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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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  • Today you can't tell, but when it opened in 534 BC, this Greek Theatre could hold 13,000 spectators, arranged in the Auditorium consists of 67 steps. Today there are very few files (about 20) and of the wall which closed the scene did not remain anything but the beautiful decorations of the proscenium, which date back to Roman times, when the theater ceased to represent comedy and poetry and was used for gladiatorial shows. Notice the top backrest seats arranged in front row details, which were reserved for the members of the jury. The theatre is accessible with the same ticket of the Acropolis. You can access both from the Acropolis, taking a lane left after getting off from the Propylaea, before the exit, both from the main entrance that is, coming from the Acropolis, near the end of the pedestrian street Dionysiou Areopagitou, at left with Thrasillou (by separating the Acropolis from Plaka and that, further, continue with Stratonos to reach the picturesque village of Anafiotika); as a reference you can also consider that from the Dionysiou Areopagitou entry to the theatre is on the left while on the right there is the Acropolis Museum.
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  • ... to reflect on what you've seen at the Acropolis and on what is perceived by the words silent stone. The theater seats, carved into the rock with regular forms in step or more elaborate and embellished with carvings and anthropomorphic forms. Sit here offers a moment of peace and a needed break before setting off again to discover Athens.
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  • This theatre where Aristotle Chair you can see is located within the grounds of the Acropolis. Very interesting.
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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.