"The Panathinaic Stadium" Panathenaic Stadium - Kallimarmaro Tip by Pieter11

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The Panathinaic Stadium (meaning stadium of all Athenians) is also known as Kallimarmaro Stadium (meaning made of marble) was originally built from 329-300 B.C. by Lykourgos. The main purpose were atletics games.

Between 140-144 A.D. Herodes Atticus decided to rebuilt this stadium and he gave it its current shape: the shape of an enormous horseshoe. This stadium has a capacity of 50.000 people, had a running track of 207 metres long and 33,5 metres wide.

In the Roman time it was used as an arena. At the front there was added an half-round wall to complete the oval of the stadium. This wall is not visible anymore.

In modern times the stadium was completely renovated at the end of the 19th century, because of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, in Athens. The second Olympic Games in Athens, in 2004, were the reason to renovated it once again, from 2003-2004.

It´s a really impressive experience to imagine the history of this place. Over 2000 years of sport history.

Directions: V. Konstantinou, in front of the back-entrance of the National Gardens.
Phone: +30 21 0325 1744
Website: http://www.panathenaicstadium.gr/Default.aspx?tabid=84&language=en-US

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  • Written May 28, 2005
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