The Panathenaic Stadium, also known as Kallimarmaro, is a multi-purpose stadium in Athens City. It is the only stadium in the world built entirely of Marble.
It is built on the site of a simple racecourse by the Athenian statesman Lykourgos 330 BC. The Panathenaic Stadium primarily was used for the Panathenaic Games. Herodes Atticus, an Athenian Roman senator, rebuilt it in marble by 144 AD. It has a capacity of 50,000 seats. After the rise of Christianity in the 4th century it was largely abandoned.
The Panathenaic Stadium was excavated in 1869 and hosted the Zappas Olympics in 1870 and 1875. Once it was refurbished, it hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the First Modern Olympics in 1896. Also it was the venue for 4 of the 9 contested sports. It was in fact once again used as an Olympic venue in 2004. As a matter of fact it is the finishing point for the Annual Athens Classic Marathon. It is also the last venue in Greece from where the Olympic flame handover ceremony to the host nation takes place.
See the Panathenaic Stadium with one of our tours:
- Athens Morning Sightseeing Tour With Visit Of Acropolis of Athens and New Acropolis Museum
- Athens Afternoon Sightseeing Tour With Visit Of Acropolis and Parthenon – April till October
- 7 Day Combined Tour Package to Athens City and Santorini Island
- 7 Day Combined Tour Package to Athens City and Mykonos Island
- 8 Day Combined Tour Package to the Islands and Historical Sites of Greece
- Athens By Night Tour With Folklore Show and Dinner