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Theatre of Dionysus, Athens

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See what is thought to have been the birthplace of theatrical representations in Athens at Theatre 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 Theatre of Dionysus on your trip to Athens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The theater of Dionysus, restored, dominates the southern slope of the Acropolis. The original wooden theatre was used for worship dance in honor of Dionysus, which led gradually to the birth of the ancient drama. Famous tragedies and comedies were presented for the first time here. Important people were sitting on the front row, with your name on it. What can be seen in one of the photos I've posted. Being on the Acropolis, be sure to visit him. Birds and peace
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  • Bought multiple ticket. Large hilly area with uneven walkways. Used a city app for an audio tour. There were some signs in English.  more »
  • Great to see. Lots of walking - the trip is enhanced by having a guide to explain what you're looking at so would recommend getting one. Also the queue for entry can be quite long - the trick is to ge...  more »
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  • Stone theater built at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens. Originally built in the fifth century BC, it had been altered and refurbished through the Roman period. Definitely worth walking inside the theater and checking out the marble floor and reliefs.
  • First row are marble seats dedicated for priests of that time, the carvings at the centre stage are original and well preserved. Worth it to walk in, take a seat and imagine you are back at 5th century BC
  • A bit small. There are some really nice details you can spot along the benches and there is a relief on the side which is visible from the stands. It can get crowded so make sure to get there early.
  • Make sure you walk into it. do not just just walk by it. you do not the carvings as you walk by as they are on the other side. See pictures
  • It is one of the places that you must visit when you come to Athens for the first time. Nice view and a lot if history that comes with the place.

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If you come to Athens for its ancient history, stay in Plaka, a lively neighborhood located within walking distance of the city's major archaeological sites. Although relatively expensive, hotels in this part of town offer spacious rooms, private swimming pools, and rooftop cocktail bars. For less expensive but equally comfortable lodgings, consider boutique hotels and family-run inns in the quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive south of Plaka. Good rooms fill up early in the season, so plan ahead and book in advance.
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