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.

The Panathenaic Stadium

It was 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.