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The Theatre of Dionysus Eleuthereus is a major theatre in Athens, built at the foot of the Athenian Acropolis. Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine (among other things), the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people with excellent acoustics, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia. It was the first theatre ever built, cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis, and supposedly birthplace of Greek tragedy. The remains of a restored and redesigned Roman version can still be seen at the site today. It is sometimes confused with the later, smaller, and better-preserved Odeon of Herodes Atticus, located nearby on the southwest slope of the Acropolis. The site has been used as a theatre since the sixth century BC. The existing structure dates back to the fourth century BC but had many other later remodellings. On November 24, 2009 the Greek government announced that they would partially restore the Theatre of Dionysus.
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3 months ago
If you're a theatre enthusiast or study drama then this is a must-go landmark. One of the first places where theatrical performances were put on to the public and home to some of the most famous plays and playwrights of the Ancient Greek era. It is dainty and not as jaw dropping as the Odeon, however it has a lot of history and is a wonderful place to sit and relax, imagining your in the crowd 1000s of years ago.
2 days ago
Pretty nice ancient theatre at the hill of Acropolis of Athens. Good photo opportunities, nice for relax at the stairs.
4 months ago
Simple but lovely theatre in the grounds of the acropolis. Its part of the multi site ticket you can buy for 30 euro. Would have been fantastic to see a performance here.
a month ago
Not as well kept as many of the other sights on the Acopolis, but it is still very impressive
3 months ago
The Ancient Greek drama originated here. Located at the foot of the acropolis. The theater can be reached either through the Acropolis or through the entrance to the Acropolis Museum. The theater is relatively well preserved, but the Odeon of Herod Attic who is nearby looks better.