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Private Tour: Half day Athens Sightseeing and Acropolis Museum
"Following a hotel pick-up your first stop will be at the Panathinaikos Stadium cradle of the first modern Olympic games which took place in 1896. Pass by the Greek Parliament in the former Royal Palace of Syntagma Square and watch the fanciful Evzoni Guards in their amber tunics. Continue to the stately Zappion Conference Center in the National Gardens of Greece. Proceed Hadrian's Arc and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier guarded by more Evzones.You will pass the handsome Numismatic Museum at Schlieman's House the Catholic Cathedral
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Private Tour: Highlights of Athens with Acropolis of Athens and Lunch
"From hotels centrally located in Athens your tour will start by hotel pick-up in an air-conditioned minibus and travel into the city center with your private guide. During the drive relax and chat about the things in Athens that interest you the most. Although your itinerary is planned the commentary on your private tour can be customized to your interests.Your first stop is the Panatheian Stadium an impressive white-marble structure that was the site of the First Olympic Games in 1896. During a look around inside hear tales of the stadium's architecture and reconstruction. Learn about its history as one of the country's renowned sports venues.Near the stadium lies the Roman Temple of Olympian Zeus - or more simply the Temple of Zeus. View the outside of the colossal ruins that honor the king of the Olympian Gods. Listen to stories about the mystery-shrouded Greek gods from your guide. Continue to Athens National Gardens and stop outside the Greek Parliament to see
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Athens Sightseeing with Acropolis Museum
"The Athens half-day tour depart for  a photo stop at Panathinaiko Stadium where the first  Olympic Games took place in 1896. It is the only stadium built out of white marble. Proceed passing by Zappeion and Temple of Olympian Zeus.  You will then pass the Athens Trilogy which includes the University of Athens the Academy of Athens and the National Library. Continue passing by National Garden Hadrian’s Arc St. Paul’s Church Parliament
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Panathenaic Stadium - Kallimarmaro Tips (44)

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If you are into sports and you like Olympic Games (I don’t!) Panathinaic Stadium is easy to visit as it is located in the center of Athens.

It is famous because it was the stadium that the first modern Olympic Games took place in 1896 and in this very same spot the Panathenaic Games also took place in honor of the goddess Athena. It was a set of games held every four years, actually part of a much larger religious festival, the Panathenaia.

The stadium is also known in Greece as “Kalimarmaro”(beautiful marble). It is the only one in the world completely made by Pendilis white marble and it’s 204m long and 83 m wide. It can seat about 75.000 people on 50 rows of its U-shape style. The original panathenaic stadium built in 330BC when orator Lycurgos (responsible of ecomomics in Athens) did a lot of public constructions, indcluding the stadium on the valley between the Arditos hill and the opposite low hill just outside the city walls on the banks of Ilissos river. Then reconstructed many times and the stadium’s contemporary structure is a true copy of the one built in 144 AD by Heroed Atticus (during roman era we had the conversion from the original straight form to horseshoe shape). The stadium felt in decadence when Christian religion prevailed and most pagan events were prohibited so the Athenians used part of its marble for other buildings!

In late 19th century (1870-1875) this was the stadium where the Zappean Olympics took place, they were the first attempts to revive the idea of original Olympic Games.

It is open 8.00-19.00 daily (November to February till 17.00)
The entrance fee is 3euros

There is a cafe next to the stadium to wash down the heat or go up to Arditos Hill for the jogging track as many others do or just for the view. If you pass by the stadium in the night you will notice some nice lights on it and probably you can visit Half Note jazz club which is 5' walk from there (see my nightlife tip) opposite the Athens First Cemetery (some famous greek people are lying here, you can wander around during the day if you like to visit places like this, like tourists do at Pere Lachaise in Paris etc)

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Apr 21, 2013

Panathinaikon Stadium

Panathinaikon Stadium
This photo was taken on the night that the Greek athletes returned home from the 1996 Olympics. It also shows the Athenians celebrating the 2004 Olympics to be held in the city. August 2004 is when they will take place.
This is where the first modern Olympics were held.

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Mar 07, 2013

The Panathenaic Stadium is Seldom Used Now

This splendid stadium containing 60,000 seats and completely covered in marble was the site of the first modern Olympic games in 1896. It is a later reconstruction of the one rebuilt by Herodes Atticus in 144AD. In 2004 the Olympic Games were held in Athens at a newer venue but the finish of the Marathon occurred here as well as the archery contests. Occasional concerts and other performances are still held here. You can run around the track when it is not in use!

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Oct 27, 2011

As Beautiful as 2400 Years Ago

The merging of ancient and new in Athens can be seen here, in the Old Olympic Stadium (Kallimarmaro). The first and original stadium in this location was built by Lykourgos in 330 BC.
The first renovation was undertaken by the Roman emperor Hadrian in the 1st century AD. The stadium was then the scene of gladiator fights.
The next reconstruction was done in marble, in the year 144 AD, for the Panathenaic Games, by Herodes Atticus.

Although the stadium later fell into disrepair over the centuries, a detailed description written in the 2nd century survived. This enabled a new replica to be built fot the first modern Olympic Games of 1896. It's a very harmonious structure, made of glistening white marble.
The stadium contains 60,000 seats in 47 rows. At night it is also beautifully illuminated by white light.

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Nov 23, 2010
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Be sure to bring your track shoes...

Being that Athens is thought of as the birth place of the Olympics, its quite fitting that they have a stadium named for it. It beautiful in its understated simplicity and is viewable from the Acropolis and is about a 25 minute walk from the south slope. Once there you can see right into the stadium and the oval track. It was quite tempting to want to hop the fence and run a few laps but I didn't have my track shoes with much for bringing home the gold.

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Mar 21, 2009

Panathinaiko Stadium

The stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaron, i.e. the "beautifully marbled") was built for the 1896 Summer Olympics, with completion funding provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff whose marble statue now stands at the entrance. The stadium was built long before dimensions for athletics venues were standardized and its track and layout follow the ancient hairpin-like model. It can seat about 80 000 spectators on 50 rows of marble steps.

You may watch my high resolution photo of Athens on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 37º 58' 8.64" N 23º 44' 25.68" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Panathinaiko Stadium.

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Feb 18, 2009

Panathenaic stadium

Originally built in the 4th century B.C., the
Panathenaic stadium, was remade in marble
by Lycurgus in 329 B.C. for the athletic
event of Panathinaea. During this annual
athletic event, the stadium hosted racing,
boxing, jumping, javelin throw, chariot and
horse racing. It was expanded by Herodes
Atticus in 144 A.D. to accommodate 50,000
people, while in Roman times it was used as
an arena. Also known as Kallimarmaron
(beautiful marble), it was rebuilt once again
with funds provided by Athenian benefactor
George Averoff to host the first modern
Olympic Games of 1896. During these
Games, about 280 male athletes from 12
countries participated in 43 events, covering
athletics (track and field), cycling, swimming,
gymnastics, weightlifting, wrestling, fencing,
shooting, and tennis. Its hairpin-like shape
adds to its uniqueness, setting it apart from
modern stadia. Up until the ‘50s, Ilissos River
streamed in front of it. The remnants of the
Temple of Olympian Zeus and Hadrian’s
Gate are a five minute walk from the venue.
In the Athens 2004 Olympics, the stadium
hosted the archery competition and the
marathon finish line. Today it is a tourist
attraction, used only for special events.

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Oct 24, 2008

Panathenaic 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 modern times restoration of the Stadium was conducted by G. Averof by the end of the 19th century for the first Olympic Games that were reborn again in 1896.

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First Olympic Event

The Olympic Stadium was named after the man to win the first (modern) Olympic marathon race in 1896. Located in the area of Maroussi in Athens, it is the major Greek stadium and hosted the athletics events and the football (soccer) final at the 2004 Summer Olympics. It also hosted the opening & closing ceremonies in 2004.

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Jul 16, 2008

The spirit of sportsmanship

The Panathenaic Stadium was built by archon Lycurgus in 329 BC in a natural hollow between two hills, the Agra and Ardettos, on the site of an ancient stadium used for the athletic competitions of the Great Panathinaea Festivities. Built in marble, the Stadium is in designed in a horseshoe shape and is able to seat approximately 50,000 people. In the late 19th century, Evangelos Zappas excavated & refurbished the stadium for the Summer Gamesto to what is is today.

Visitors are not allowed to enter the stadium unless there is an event so you can take pictures from outside.

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Sep 04, 2007


Panathenaic stadium or Kallimarmaro was remade in marble in 329BC
(original it had wooden seat)Used from the ancient years to host
the Panathenaic games was rebuilt again in 1896
to host the first Olympic games (with 80000 seats)
it was used again in 2004 Olympic games hosting
the finish line of the marathon race

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Apr 15, 2007

Kallimarmaro (Olympic) Stadium

Reconstructed and restored for the first modern Olympics (1896), the Kallimarmaro Stadium occupies the same site as the original Panathenaic Stadium built in 330 BC, although the present design is a replica of the rennovations of the stadium by Herodes Atticus in 144 AD.

It's an odd shape by 21st century stadium design - long and thin (no 400 metre running track here)! But even this design can still seat up to 60,000 spectators (you'd never believe that figure looking at it).

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Mar 30, 2007

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