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.To visit Herod Atticus Odeon and get the most from your holiday in Athens, create itinerary details personal to you using our Athens day trip planner.
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.
Herod Atticus Odeon reviews
What a treasure from antiquity. We first admired it while entering the Acropolis at its 8am opening. It was out of season so no concerts and it wasn’t open for walking around. Nevertheless we had... more »
Such an amazing classic looking Roman structure. Due to Covid restrictions, you couldn't go into the theatre which was a shame. Good point was that there was no-one around so we could get... more »
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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