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Theater of Dionysus, Athens

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See what is thought to have been the birthplace of theatrical representations in Athens at Theater of Dionysus. Situated on the south slope of Athens' Acropolis, the oft-overlooked site dates back to the 4th century BCE. Although smaller and less restored than many of the city's ancient attractions, the open-air theatre has great historical significance. Wander through the remains of this mighty complex, which would have once seated an audience of 17,000, and imagine the spectacles that took place here. It's a good idea to bring some water and sun protection with you. Use our Athens route planner to visit Theater of Dionysus on your trip to Athens, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Theater of Dionysus is the oldest theater in the world and realizing that makes it a wonderful place. It is included in the ticket of the Acropolis and it will not take you a lot of time but it... 
    The Theater of Dionysus is the oldest theater in the world and realizing that makes it a wonderful place. It is included in the ticket of the Acropolis and it will not take you a lot of time but it...  more »
  • This building is very beautiful! It's a place where only singing happened, it was constructed by the romans as you can tell by typical roman arcs. It initially had a roof but there are no remains... 
    This building is very beautiful! It's a place where only singing happened, it was constructed by the romans as you can tell by typical roman arcs. It initially had a roof but there are no remains...  more »
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  • As an actor I wanted to visit this theatre for such a long time and I always imagined how I would be able to stand there and walk the same stones that Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides walked, but not during this visit... It was closed for tourists and honestly I can't blame them for closing it. It's better to be closed (and preserved) then absolutely infested with selfie taking zombies... But it is a majestic place although in a very bad state (well... history was really rough on this theatre unfortunately)
  • I saw a stone chair there and I really imagined Dionizos sitting there!! Each stone has its own story! This place had been on my bucket list for a long time. Finally I am here! 😇

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