Herod Atticus Odeon
Herod Atticus Odeon
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Second-century theater built into the hillside.
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  • Artemis
    San Diego, California103 contributions
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    Get yourself event tickets to fully enjoy this Odeon
    I have always enjoyed visiting the Odeon by day when I have visited Athens, but attending a concert there at night was a game changer. From now on, when I visit Athens, I will make sure I am there for a concert. What a magnificent experience! You can get the schedule for the Odeon, Epidauros and other venues around Athens by going to whyAthens.com
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written March 25, 2023
  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina65,088 contributions
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    Majestic amphitheater
    Amazing how they constructed such a large amphitheater. This is an archaeological marvel and a remnant of a glorious civilization. How did they manage without loudspeakers? Looking down from above, this stone, Roman style, open-air theatre, which is once again used for performances, is awesome.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • ADEL S
    Athens, Greece69 contributions
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    The Power Of Music
    Tonight, the musical love themes of the great George Chatzinassios and the talented Stefanos Korkolis added a lot to the special atmosphere of this ancient theatre. The kind and sensitive voice of the young yet very promising Thodoris Voutsikakis further brought life to the music and the place and added a fresh flavor to the creations of the established composer. Herod Atticus Odeon was, is, and will always remain a special place that welcomes good art regardless and inspires great and talented artists who are able to revive and give new energy to its great history. An important reference point at the heart of the inspirational capital city, Athens!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 17, 2023
  • elchaco
    Houston, Texas840 contributions
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    Incredible!
    We came in through the south entrance to the Acropolis, so the Odeon was the first major site we saw that was not in total ruins. It was amazing to see this structure from almost 2000 years ago still up and in service (after renovations.) Seeing a concert here would be out of this world!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Sally F
    Palmdale, California48 contributions
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    Once in a lifetime
    If you can get tickets while in Athens, you have to go! We just walked up to the box office, but the concierge at your hotel can help, or you can buy online. The show we saw was all in Greek (several different singers, musicians, and a young adult choir) which we did not understand, but it didn't matter! When will we ever have the chance again to see a live performance at an odeon built in 161 AD! By the way,the acoustics are fantastic.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
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    Stunning Theatre and History
    Herod Atticus Theatre is an amazing site to see, detail is incredible and to think something like this built over 2000 years ago is mind blowing. Was restored in the middle of last century so that it can be used today for events, would be a unique experience to watch a performance in the theater. Located on the slopes of the Acropolis and must see while in the complex and Athens.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,493 contributions
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    Good to see such a facility being used for today's purposes
    The route down takes you right past it. Be prepared to fight through all the people who are taking it in turns to take a selfie (because that is more important than the structure itself ?). Have to have a guide or read up to understand its importance. Great to see it being used in a modern setting, day before there had been a music concert.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 30, 2023
  • nathaliequann
    Ottawa, Canada39 contributions
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    An evening I will never forget
    I had the privilege of attending the magnificent anniversary concert Maria at the Herodium to celebrate Maria Callas's 100th birthday on September 16 this year. The Orchestra of the Greek National Opera was grandiose along with the 4 soprani who performed arias La Callas had performed at the same location years ago. I cried most of the evening, moved by the location, the music, the sounds and the beauty. If you are in Athens, look for performances here, or better, plan your trip around it. I promise you will not regret it...
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 13, 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom9,517 contributions
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    The Smaller of Two Theatres at the Acropolis
    The Odeon was built in 161AD by the wealthy senator, Herodes Atticus, as a memorial to his Roman wife, Regilla. It may have been less a labour of love, than a sign of a guilty conscience. She died in very suspicious circumstances. Accusations were flying and Herodes was brought to trial, although he was ultimately acquitted. The Odeon is the smaller of the two theatres at the Acropolis but it’s the more stunning looking one. This is partly because it’s been fully restored and partly because you see it from a dramatic viewing point where you look down into the bowl of the theatre, towards the stage below. Originally the Odeon had a wooden roof, a three-storey facade of arches and approximately 5,000 marble seats. It was intended for lectures, poetry readings and musical performances, rather than theatre or plays. It was fully restored in 1953, allowing festivals and concerts to be held here today. TICKET TIP: I’d highly recommend buying the combo ticket. At €30, it is excellent value. It lasts for 5 days and includes entry to 7 ancient sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 so if it is your first time to Athens, it makes sense to buy this ticket (unless you’re here in winter when many sites are half price).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom9,517 contributions
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Jun 2023 • Couples
The Odeon was built in 161AD by the wealthy senator, Herodes Atticus, as a memorial to his Roman wife, Regilla.
It may have been less a labour of love, than a sign of a guilty conscience. She died in very suspicious circumstances. Accusations were flying and Herodes was brought to trial, although he was ultimately acquitted.
The Odeon is the smaller of the two theatres at the Acropolis but it’s the more stunning looking one. This is partly because it’s been fully restored and partly because you see it from a dramatic viewing point where you look down into the bowl of the theatre, towards the stage below.
Originally the Odeon had a wooden roof, a three-storey facade of arches and approximately 5,000 marble seats. It was intended for lectures, poetry readings and musical performances, rather than theatre or plays.
It was fully restored in 1953, allowing festivals and concerts to be held here today.
TICKET TIP: I’d highly recommend buying the combo ticket. At €30, it is excellent value. It lasts for 5 days and includes entry to 7 ancient sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 so if it is your first time to Athens, it makes sense to buy this ticket (unless you’re here in winter when many sites are half price).
Written November 23, 2023
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A Midlife Adventure
Dursley, UK1,350 contributions
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Jul 2022
It’s got to be one of the most awe inspiring outdoor theatres in the world.
Beautifully preserved and I appreciate there are many modern additions but you still stand there looking down and feel the pure history of the place.
If you have a flexible itinerary try and visit Athens when there is a concert you would like to see I’m sure it would be amazing!
Written July 17, 2022
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Sophie Ortenburg
Athens, Greece24 contributions
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Sep 2019
One of the most ancient theaters worldwide, which since 1957 it stages art festivals (concerts, ancient drama performances, etc.) mostly in the framework of the Athens Festival. It is a stone Roman theater with wonderful acoustics!
Written July 13, 2020
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LPLoveToTravel
Ocala, FL1,652 contributions
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Oct 2019
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone Roman theater structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, Greece. The building was completed in 161 AD and then renovated in 1950. It would be wonderful to be there for an event...even empty it is quite impressive.
Written February 19, 2020
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions
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Aug 2019 • Couples
This is a Roman amphitheatre built in stone on the slope of the Acropolis. This is the first structure we come across if we enter the Acropolis throught the main gate. This is the venue of the annual Athens festival and concerts are held here regularly.
Written February 25, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,776 contributions
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Sep 2021
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone Roman theater structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD by the Roman citizen Herodes Atticus in memory of his Roman wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and left in ruins by the Heruli in 267 AD. The audience stands and the orchestra (stage) were restored using Pentelic marble in the 1950s.
Written December 21, 2021
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Nicolas R
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Jul 2020
Although many times in Athens this was our first visit to the Herode Atticus Odeon ancient theatre, build by an Athenin for his Roman wife; great experience, a "bucket list" venue.
The music was very nice, a melange of many popular opera pieces, but the setting under the Athenian stars was the real treat. A "must see" when in Athens.
Written July 31, 2020
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CPaM68
Texas660 contributions
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May 2021
The Odeon, also called Herodeion or Herodion, is an impressive Roman theater located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis. The structure was built in AD 161 by Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife but was destroyed and left in ruins in 267 AD. Renovated in 1950 with a capacity of 5,000, it is now used as a musical venue by many contemporary acts and is the main venue of the Athens Festival. You can see the front exterior from Acropolis Park but, if you're going to the Acropolis, you can get a really good view of the entire theater while climbing / walking up to the Acropolis. (PaM)
Written April 25, 2022
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Matthew P
London, UK4,278 contributions
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Sep 2022
As you look down from the viewing point you get to realise how magnificent it was in its heyday. The way it was set so the full audience could see and hear, there was a gentle breeze blowing up the hill which must have been like air conditioning. The view from there was worth the heat and slog up the hill.
Written September 16, 2022
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Brian P
New York City, NY562 contributions
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Aug 2022
If you are lucky enough to book tickets to a show here- DO IT!!! We were lucky to be in Athens during their Music Festival and I had booked tickets to watch the Diva Marinella sing. The orchestra, the acoustics, the lighting, with this Greek icon belt out songs that we couldn't understand but still be overwhelmed was such a highlight of our trip. Just the thought of doing something that was done by people during ancient times was beyond brilliant. We then toured the Acropolis during the day and looked down to where we were just the night before. AMAZING!!!
Written October 7, 2022
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