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“Great views of the city” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Panathenaic Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio)

Panathenaic Stadium (Panathinaiko Stadio)
Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue, Athens 999-20, Greece
+30 210 325 1744
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Ranked #16 of 193 attractions in Athens
Type: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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Owner description: The Old Olympic Stadium in Athens Greece, built of granite in late 19th century on the site of ancient Athens from the 4th Century; hosted the first modern games in1896.
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“Great views of the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

You don't really appreciate the scale of the thing until you climb the steps to the top. You get great views of the city and a feel for slightly more modern history - there's a list of the places where the modern Olympic Games have been held since its start date in Athens, including the two that were cancelled due to the second world war.

Did you know . . . at the 1948 Olympics athletes were asked to bring their own food because there was still rationing in the UK. (sorry, I couldn't help myself)

Visited October 2013
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“Fenomenal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

The visit can be as low key as you want it to be. Just climbing those stairs, sitting in the king's and queen's seats and running a lap can be enough. The audio guide is great, not overwhelming, easy to follow and with the interesting details. The best part? Experiencing the tunnel before coming out in front of the crowd.

Visited July 2013
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

Brilliant, really enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere of this place. It has been well preserved and I would really recommend using the audio guide because it puts the place into context. Also worth a visit, is the press room upstairs where there are posters to see from all the modern Olympic Games as well as all the torches that have been used. It was great to be able to walk all around it and my husband was particularly chuffed to run on the track. Excellent toilets for 50cents

Visited October 2013
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“Ancient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 via mobile

It is very impressive to see such an ancient place kept in such a superb condition, specially in Greece where everything else is falling apart (the monuments and cultural sites, I am not talking about the current political situation). This place is simple, elegant and lovely.

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful historic site for every athlete”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013 via mobile

Thank you Athens for keeping the Panathenaic stadium what it is. A truly marvelous place. My daughter and I sat down the middle part of the stadium seats and were breathless by what this symbolizes and its place in history - the birth of the Modern Olympics. To walk at the same track were athletes run was awesome! Great place and a must see. Oh, the torch display was also a great bonus in and by itself!

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