"The first Olympics of modern Era" Panathenaic Stadium - Kallimarmaro Tip by athenian80

  Phevos and Athena in front of the Kallimarmaro
by athenian80

This huge marble-made structure(it is actually the only stadium in the world made totally of marble) is situated on the spot where the ancient Panathenaic stadium used to be(built in 329 BC by Lycourgos).During the time of Handrian,it was used as an arena.After that it was totally renovated by Herod Atticus,with white marble from mount Pend?li for the Panathenian Games of AD 144.In the years that followed the stadium was abandoned and mutilated as its marble was used for the erection of other buildings.More than a millennium passed and in 1895,a year before the First Olympic Games of modern Era were to be hosted in Athens,the studium was re-built,an exact copy of the original one(according to Pausanias' description). Having length of 204m,width 83m and a capacity of 60,000 spectators the Panathenaic or else Kallimarmaron Stadium was the site where Archery and the finish of the Marathon took place in the Olympics. I was an Olympic volunteer there!I will never forget this experience! The picture you see depicts Kallimarmaro and in the foreground Phevos and Athena,the Olympic mascots a synthesis made of flowers,spring 2002.

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2005
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