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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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  • We entered the Acropolis site via the South Slopes and our first history lesson came in the form of the Theatre of Dionysus ruins. A creative and stunning piece of architecture from a time when... 
    We entered the Acropolis site via the South Slopes and our first history lesson came in the form of the Theatre of Dionysus ruins. A creative and stunning piece of architecture from a time when...  more »
  • One of the first things you see in your way to the acropolis. Image the number of people in the seats for so many years. I love history 
    One of the first things you see in your way to the acropolis. Image the number of people in the seats for so many years. I love history  more »
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  • Theatre of Dionysus-Athens is the Oldest and was one of the most important theatres in Ancient Greece. It named in Honour of the Greek deity of wine and theatre, Dionysus. Theatre was focal point in Ancient Greek social life, Offering plays, festivals and all sort of competitions. If you are a historian, you would be in Love with this place.
  • It was a great experience to attention a concert there. The evening view gives the theatre extra charm. Tips: If you going for a show longer than 1hr, I'd recommend you to chose the last line of seats so you have your back supported. Otherwise you have nowhere to lean on, was quite unplesent at some point (and yes my back still hurts the next day😂)

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