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The Panathenaic Stadium (Greek: Παναθηναϊκό Στάδιο, Panathinaïkó Stádio, [panaˈθinaiko staˈðio]) or Kallimarmaro (Καλλιμάρμαρο [kaliˈmarmaro], lit. "beautiful marble") is a multi-purpose stadium in Athens, Greece. One of the main historic attractions of Athens, it is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. A stadium was built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos (Lycurgus) c. 330 BC, primarily for the Panathenaic Games. It was rebuilt in marble by Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, by 144 AD and had a capacity of 50,000 seats. After the rise of Christianity in the 4th century it was largely abandoned. The stadium was excavated in 1869 and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875. After being refurbished, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympics in 1896 and was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was used for various purposes in the 20th century and was once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004. It is the finishing point for the annual Athens Classic Marathon. It is also the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place.
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18 days ago
This place was awesome. Why you ask? Because you were allowed to go everywhere: walk, run or sprint around the track used for the first modern Olympics. It's hard not to let your imagination go wild. Also the view from the top seating of this all marble stadium is pretty cool.
8 days ago
Awesome, no crowds on a Monday morning. Museum full of historical facts. Wheelchair friendly. Allowed to walk / run on the running track. Amazing views from the top seats. Well worth a visit.
5 days ago
A nice historical landmark with good views. Audio tour focuses more on the modern Olympics than its ancient roots. Warnings: ticket booth is cash only, and the stadium can be difficult to walk around if you're movement-impaired.
19 days ago
I took my son recently there to show him the stadium where the first modern Olympic Games took place is 1896 and the famous Greek Athlete Spiros Louis won the Marathon event. The ticket is a bargain at 5 euros only. You can pick up a gadget that you can use to listen to information as you go around the stadium which is really useful and you get to learn a lot about it. What was a surprise for me was taking the exit under the stadium on the left hand side and walk along the beautifully lit tunnel that brings you into a new building that houses an exhibition of posters and torches from many Olympic Game events, even the most recent one from the winter Olympic Games in South Korea. Well worth visiting. Great views from the top seats towards Athens. Easy to get to from Syntagma station, walking past the president's and prime minister's buildings.
3 months ago
Beautiful historic gem hidden behind the national gardens. The fee is only 5€ (2.5€ reduced), and provides you with a free audio guide. The oldest stadium in the world is definitely a must-see! We enjoyed it a lot! Don’t forget to run on the tracks :)