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If you are into sports and you like Olympic Games (I don?t!) Panathinaic Stadium is easy to visit as it is located in the center of Athens.
It is famous because it was the stadium that the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 and in this very same spot the Panathenaic Games also took place in honor of the goddess Athena. It was a set of games held every four years, actually part of a much larger religious festival, the Panathenaia.
The stadium is also known in Greece as ?Kalimarmaro?(beautiful marble). It is the only one in the world completely made by Pendilis white marble and it?s 204m long and 83 m wide. It can seat about 75.000 people on 50 rows of its U-shape style. The original panathenaic stadium built in 330BC when orator Lycurgos (responsible of ecomomics in Athens) did a lot of public constructions, indcluding the stadium on the valley between the Arditos hill and the opposite low hill just outside the city walls on the banks of Ilissos river. Then reconstructed many times and the stadium?s contemporary structure is a true copy of the one built in 144 AD by Heroed Atticus (during roman era we had the conversion from the original straight form to horseshoe shape). The stadium felt in decadence when Christian religion prevailed and most pagan events were prohibited so the Athenians used part of its marble for other buildings!
In late 19th century (1870-1875) this was the stadium where the Zappean Olympics took place, they were the first attempts to revive the idea of original Olympic Games.
It is open 8.00-19.00 daily (November to February till 17.00)
The entrance fee is 3euros
There is a cafe next to the stadium to wash down the heat or go up to Arditos Hill for the jogging track as many others do or just for the view. If you pass by the stadium in the night you will notice some nice lights on it and probably you can visit Half Note jazz club which is 5' walk from there (see my nightlife tip) opposite the Athens First Cemetery (some famous greek people are lying here, you can wander around during the day if you like to visit places like this, like tourists do at Pere Lachaise in Paris etc)
Address: Vasileos Konstantinou Avenue
Directions: It?s located at the east side of National Gardens below Ardetos and Agra Hills. 10? walk from Hadrian?s Gate
Phone: 21 0325 1744
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