Panathenaic Stadium

Price guide: Budget

Vasileos Konstantinou, Metz, Athens, 11635

Price guide: Budget

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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Sporty types, History, Sightseeing

Expert review of Panathenaic Stadium

Seat of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

This 60,000-capacity stadium reopened in April 2010 after a restoration project that dragged on for years. Built in 330 BC, it hosted the Panathenaiac Games (similar to the Olympics) every four years. The stadium is better known as Kallimarmaro (Beautiful Marble) thanks to its marble stands, but it originally had wooden seats. These were meant to be replaced with Pentelic marble seats for the first modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896. But – typically – only four rows of marble seats were finished in time, so the rest were painted white. The upgrade was finally completed in 1906. Every year, the stadium serves as the finishing line for the Athens Marathon.

 

Price advice: 

€3, €1.5 for students, free for school children. Admission price includes a 15-minute tour with a handheld audio guide, available in nine languages.

Expert tips: 
If the setting inspires you to get athletic, there’s a scenic jogging track just behind the stadium on Ardittou Hill.

More information on Panathenaic Stadium:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Archaeological site, Landmark / monument
Address:
Vasileos Konstantinou, Metz, Athens, 11635
Telephone:
+30 210 325 1744
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
March-Oct 8am-7pm; Nov-Feb 8am-5pm
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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