The Panathinaic Stadium (meaning stadium of all Athenians) is also known as Kallimarmaro Stadium (meaning made of marble) was originally built from 329-300 B.C. by Lykourgos. The main purpose were atletics games.
Between 140-144 A.D. Herodes Atticus decided to rebuilt this stadium and he gave it its current shape: the shape of an enormous horseshoe. This stadium has a capacity of 50.000 people, had a running track of 207 metres long and 33,5 metres wide.
In the Roman time it was used as an arena. At the front there was added an half-round wall to complete the oval of the stadium. This wall is not visible anymore.
In modern times the stadium was completely renovated at the end of the 19th century, because of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, in Athens. The second Olympic Games in Athens, in 2004, were the reason to renovated it once again, from 2003-2004.
It´s a really impressive experience to imagine the history of this place. Over 2000 years of sport history.
This beautiful marble stadium was built in the 4th century BC. It has been restored twice and its capacity is 70.000 spectators. In 1896 the first modern Olympic games were held in this Stadium. In Greek, the Stadium is called "Panathinaikó Stàdio", meaning "The Stadium of all Athenians".
This huge marble-made structure(it is actually the only stadium in the world made totally of marble) is situated on the spot where the ancient Panathenaic stadium used to be(built in 329 BC by Lycourgos).During the time of Handrian,it was used as an arena.After that it was totally renovated by Herod Atticus,with white marble from mount Pend?li for the Panathenian Games of AD 144.In the years that followed the stadium was abandoned and mutilated as its marble was used for the erection of other buildings.More than a millennium passed and in 1895,a year before the First Olympic Games of modern Era were to be hosted in Athens,the studium was re-built,an exact copy of the original one(according to Pausanias' description). Having length of 204m,width 83m and a capacity of 60,000 spectators the Panathenaic or else Kallimarmaron Stadium was the site where Archery and the finish of the Marathon took place in the Olympics. I was an Olympic volunteer there!I will never forget this experience! The picture you see depicts Kallimarmaro and in the foreground Phevos and Athena,the Olympic mascots a synthesis made of flowers,spring 2002.
The Kali Marmara (Beautiful Marble, I guess) Olympic Stadium hosted the first contemporary Olympic Games.
It was reconstructed back in 19th century using the remains of ancient Roman stadium built in 4th century BC.
2004 Olympic Games are going to start here (it is the finish of the Marathon) so the construction is being modernized. You won't enter it :(
The sight of the Panathinaikos Olympic Stadium is awesome. It doesn't fail to draw you in visually, even if you don't care at all for sports. Here you can just walk in and stroll around and take it all in.
This is the last Athenian monument with Roman connections. The Stadium was built in the 4th century BC as a venue for Panathenaic athletic contests.
It is being restored in 1895 following the 1st Olympic Games of modern times being held there. Seating capacity for 70,000 spectators with a running track and a central area for field events.
SIGH...it was closed for constructions so I weren't able to go in and explore the stadium.
It was originally a natural hollow part of the ground between the two hills of Agra and Ardettos, over Ilissos river. It was transformed into a stadium by Lykourgos in 330-329 BC for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaea Festivities. Between 140 and 144 AD, Herodes Atticus restored the Stadium, giving it the form that was found at the 1870 excavation: the horseshoe construction with a track 204,07 meters long and 33,35 meters wide. It is believed that the Stadium had a seating capacity of 50.000 people. Separating scales were built between the tiers and on the base of the sphendone there was a portico with Doric-style columns; another portico was placed in the stadium's facade. Herodes possibly restored also the Ilissos river bridge on the Stadium's entrance, making it larger and adding three archways on its base. The bridge was standing there up to 1778 and a part of it was excavated in 1958. At the Roman times, the Stadium was used as an arena, with the addition of a semi-circular wall on the north that was corresponding to the sphendone of the southern side
The Panathenaic Stadium of Athens was constructed in marble and therefore called "Kallimarmaro" for the first Olympic Games of modern times in 1896. Today it is closed for the reconstruction or construction work nearby I couldn't figure that out, but nevertheless the outcome is the same.
THE OLYMPICS STADIUM.
Olympic Games began in Greece & will return again next year. Lots of construction & cleaning up of the city this year. How they are gonna do it in time by next year... well, that's what lots of Aussies were asking on our trip. My guess, one way or another, they will. :-) In the mean time, enjoy the souvenirs you can get from all the Olympic Stores. Quite a good selection of products!
Across the street from Zappion is the Olympic Stadium rebuilt entirely of marble in 1896 for the first modern Olympics. The stadium was originally built in the 4th Century for the Panathenaic contests and it is said that 1000 wild animals were slaughtered here to celebrate the inauguration of the Emperor Hadrian in 120 AD.
In 1896 the first modern olympics were held in Athens at the Panatheniac Stadium. Were was competetitors from 14 nations, 43 events and was completed by 245 athletes.
These days it is the finish line for the Athens Marathon.
'PANATHINAIKO STADIUM' (Olympic Stadium) :
Across the street from Zappion is the Olympic stadium rebuilt entirely of marble in 1896 for the first modern Olympics. The stadium was originally built in the 4th Century for the Panathenaic contests and it is said that 1000 wild animals were slaughtered here to celebrate the inauguration of the Emperer Hadrian in 120 AD. The Stadium sits in a hollowed of Arditos Hill. The stadium can seat 100,000 people
Panathinaiko Stadium or `Kallimarmaro` that means `the most beautiful marble`.
An ancient stadium restored for the first modern Olympic Games over 100 years ago.
...and so they did!
It´s fantastic seeing this stadium and feeling it´s spirit.... you can almost hear the roar and applause of the spectators, great!
Panathinaikon Stadium was rebuilt in 144 AD upon an older 4th century BC stadium by Herod Atticus. The stadium was used in the 2004 Olympics for end of the marathon race.