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Herod Atticus Odeon, Athens

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The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950.
It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive, cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and left in ruins by the Heruli in 267 AD.
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  • The theatre can only be visited from the outside during the ascent to the Parthenon. But the scenery is still gigantic. Hard to imagine how a performance there might be? To get to the theatre, the general entrance to the Acropolis (20€ 10/2019) is due.
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  • If you're lucky enough to see a show there, don't hesitate! What a magical experience we had when we went to see "the snowman and the girl, the meaning of forever" a Greek tale presented as a musical. An outdoor show of beauty!
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  • In the lower part of the Athens' Acropolis the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is an amphitheater where during spring/summer/autumn theatrical plays and concerts are held. I went to a traditional Greek music concert and lightnings lit up the arcades behind the stage. Great experience!! I recommend at least a visit, it is included in the ticket for the Acropolis
  • This ancient theatre still hosts performances in these days and amazes visitors with an impressive acoustics. I have been told it is the second best in the world, the first being the Epidaurus theatre in the Peloponnese. I believe it. I visited this theatre right before mid-September 2019 with my niece to watch a graduation students’ performance of a Greek fairy tale “The Snowman and the Girl”. I was amazed by the acoustics and just wished being seated more to the centre of the auditorium to have a proper view of the light effects. The performance was impressive and the whole experience just great. Tips for visitors: Take a light jacket or a warm scarf even in summer time, it may get surprisingly windy and chilly in the auditorium. Also, be prepared to ascend or descend many stairs and perhaps take an extra pillow for back support while seated.
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