During our 2022 trip to Greece we spent our last two days in Athens and visited the Panathenaic Stadium. This stadium,made entirely out of marble, is beautiful. As a matter of fact, it is the only stadium in the world built totally of marble.
Originally constructed in the 4th century BC. Prior to this the area had been used as a racetrack as early as the 6th century BC. The stadium was restored sometime after 183 AD by Herodes Atticus who used Pentelic marble. By the end of the 4th century AD, the stadium came to ruin as it had been in disuse. Excavated in 1869, it became the host of the 1870 and 1875 Olympics which was hosted by Greek businessman Evangelis Zappa. It was an early attempt to revive the Ancient Greek Olympic games. The stadium was restored and in 1896, the first international modern era Olympic Games were held here. In 2004, once again, the Olympics were held here.
I found the Panathenaic Stadium to be nothing short of amazing and a must see in Athens. I can’t believe we have been to Athens several times and only just visited this recently.
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12 thoughts on “The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece”
Nice to know you have also visited the Panathenaic Stadium and of course all the other locations in Greece.
Looking forward to see you again in Greece!
Thank you for your comments! We look forward to returning to Greece this September. Visiting Southern Crete, Amorgos, Koufonisia and Santorini. Can’t wait to explore again!
I went to Greece in June 2022, spending 3 days in Athens.
I also went to the Panathenaic Stadium which is impressive but a bit out of the city center.
It was a bit of a walk from our hotel but we enjoyed it!
wow, it does look amazing indeed
We enjoyed it!
Wow! I didn’t even know this amazing stadium existed, Lori. It is gorgeous, especially to be so old.
It is pretty cool that it is still
What an epic trip! And to finish it off in the historic city of Athens makes it all the better. It’s been ages since I was last in Athens (or Greece, for that matter), and I’d love to return to walk among those ruins and feel the power of their history in each step. Hope you can return to Greece soon!
I do love Athens! It was definitely an epic trip!
Amazing! I am an Olympics absolute superfan, so stepping in to the stadium where Spyros Louis won that first modern day Olympic marathon was so special. I love this stadium and can’t believe how old it is – a wonderful place.
It is a pretty amazing place! Hope they hold more Olympics here!