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Panathenaic Stadium, Athens

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Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient stadium, Panathenaic Stadium serves as the only major sports venue in the world built entirely of white marble. The stadium, one of the oldest in the world, hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896, and now serves mostly as a venue for live concerts and archery events. Originally built on this site in 566 BCE and renovated several times over the centuries, the hairpin-shaped stadium could once seat about 80,000 spectators. Today, the fifty rows of marble steps have the capacity to receive about half as many visitors. Take a morning jog on the ancient track, or take self-guided audio tour of the entire stadium. To visit Panathenaic Stadium on your trip to Athens, use our Athens trip itinerary tool .
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  • When you visit the place, you're not going to spend a lot of time here. You can take water in but any other drinks the guy will stop you. First, he told us no drinks then changed his mind a couple of ...  more »
  • I went to the coliseum with no higher expectations but it was a pleasant surprise. It is preserved and used today and has free audio guide that is worth listening to. It's very exciting for those of us who love athletics. The museum is not very relevant.
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  • Amazing place of history brought to life with a good audio guide that takes you through various points in the stadium reliving the glory days. Great piece of architecture and a good place to visit to get a bit of the Greek history in sports. Get a good view of the Acropolis from the top tiers.
  • AMAZING PLACE! For everyone who loves sports and understands the pride of an athlete. Also, for those who love architecture and design. THIS IS THE PLACE. It looks quite small, but do not let the proportions fool you. I loved to reminisce about past olympiads, and the memorabilia at the small museum.
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