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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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  • It's ok, there is not much of it left, only bits of the seating. You can walk past on your way up to the acropolis, but it is not worth visiting on its own, the nearby odeon is much better. 
    It's ok, there is not much of it left, only bits of the seating. You can walk past on your way up to the acropolis, but it is not worth visiting on its own, the nearby odeon is much better.  more »
  • Best viewed using the south entrance, either coming or leaving. Well preserved and shows how the newer theatre was designed. 
    Best viewed using the south entrance, either coming or leaving. Well preserved and shows how the newer theatre was designed.  more »
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  • Such a surreal experience to see history in person. It's a nice little treat before you get to the main course (the top of the Acropolis), but still a sight to see none the less.
  • 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)

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