Reopening of Athens' Historic Panathenean Stadium - The Best from Greece


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Posted on: 21/Apr/2010

Athens' historic Panathenian (Kallimarmaro) Stadium, the venue of the first Modern Olympic Games in 1896, has reopened for visits by the public after being closed for restoration at the beginning of 2000 and reopening briefly for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, during which the Classical Marathon finish and the Archery finals were hosted there.

The legendary stadium, dating back to 330 BC, has traditionally hosted athletic events and been a center of attraction for millions of visitors from all over the world, and is one of the most important monuments in Athens and all of Greece, and this led the Hellenic Olympic Committee to decide to reopen the Stadium as a visitors' destination.

The Stadium is now open to visitors throughout the year, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. between March and October, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m between November and February, with guided tours, while the ticket price has been set at three (3) euros.

The guided tours include information on the Stadium's rich history, architecture, construction and restoration, its location, and landmark events for athletics and Greek civilization, and especially its Olympics history.

The Panathenian Stadium (stadium of all the Athenians), also known as the Kallimarmaro (meaning 'beautifully marbled') Stadium, is the only major stadium in the world constructed entirely of white marble, and indeed of the world-renowned white "Penteli marble" from nearby Mt. Penteli, the same marble that was used 2,400 earlier for the construction of the Parthenon on the Acropolis.

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source: http://www.ana-mpa.gr

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