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Odeum of Herodes Atticus (Odeion / Irodion)

Odos Dionissiou Areopayitou, Athens, Greece
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Ranked #13 of 199 Attractions in Athens
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Historic Sites
Description: Second-century theater built into the hillside.
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Athens, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Herod Atticus built this roofed Odeon (in 161 B.C.) for music concerts in honor of his wife Regilla, after her death. Its magic and beauty, can only be understood when walking on the way to Acropolis.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

You can't miss it and should visit on your way down. And, if you are lucky enough to get the tickets for one of the performances (very selected, top notch always) don't hesitate and grab them, do not ask for the price! It is one of the most beautiful scenes in the world.

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Mosman, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I remember watching Yani' s concert as a child in this stunning venue and always wanted to visit. Unfortunately during our stay there wasn't any performance here but if you plan ahead you might be able to catch a show.

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Niteroi, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Built in the 2nd century BC, this theatre is renowned for its perfect acoustics. Today it hosts festivals in Athens, with pieces, songs and ballets inspired by Antiquity works. Is close to the Acropolis.

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Ashbourne, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went to see Othello, loved it! Well worth taking in a show if you can. Only downside was the heat - but in fairness you are in Athens! They give you cushions to sit on, but the marble seats are so hot, that ends up roasting!

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Pisa, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We had the opportunity to attend a wonderful performance of Verdi's Othello at this amazing location. It was pure magic!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Odeum, dating from 161 AD, was a grand sight during that time: very steep seating for 5,000 people, a three story front wall and a wooden roof. Most of the structure was destroyed when Athens was sacked and razed in 267 AD. The front wall looks mostly original with some being reconstructed. The audience seating area (just plain benches)... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went to see Othello. 9pm start otherwise people would not cope with the heat. The venue is amazing. We paid for relatively central seats and allocated too. you can get cheaper seats in the upper tier but these are not allocated so people queue for up to 1.5 hours to ensure they get good seats. Very little legroom wherever you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Odeum is beautiful, very well preserved. If you are in Athens during the Festival time (June-Aug) try to get a ticket and see any performance. It is a life time experience. However, it is very uncomfortable to sit on the stone/old seats with no backing. They give you a small pillow but it is not enough, bring another pillow... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

It gave us a wonderful taste to witness the fascinating athmosphere of the Odeon in Othello. There were Athens Festival from July 27 for four days when they perform Othello. The lyrics written in english helping who did not read abou it before.

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