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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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  • I like reading about places before visiting them so I was aware of the stadium but I thought it was away from other attractions. It turned out to be within a walking distance from Plaka and the Acropo...  more »
  • Panathenaic Stadium is one of the most important historic attraction of Athens. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely of marble. It was first built in 333 BC primarily for Panathenaic Gam...  more »
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  • Historical place. First modern Olympics game was held here in 1896. The whole stadium is made of marble stone. You need to buy a ticket to enter into the stadium. Otherwise you can have great view of the stadium from the front side of it. And it's free of cost. Still I recommend to buy a ticket, enter into it and observe closely the history of modern Olympic.
  • If you are not that interested in sports, like me, don’t wast your time and money to go there. That’s a massive place honestly, but there nothing much to see. 5€ to walk there was not worth it. I recommend to sit back and enjoy the view of the stadium outside the “pay area”. There is a coffee shop and a souvenir market too. It is a good 25 minutes walk from Syntagma Square so think about it before taking this walk ;)
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