Panathenaic Stadium

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Panathenaic Stadium
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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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CMC
Herne Bay, United Kingdom633 contributions
Couples
Photos make this look like a smaller structure than it is in reality. Possible to walk all around the stadium and on to running track and medal podium. There is a small museum accessed via the stadium with posters of past games and Olympic torches.

Shop was closed but there was a temporary one outside.

Buy tickets at ticket office outside, no queue (afternoon in late April)

Late afternoon / early evening there is some shade on one side of the stadium so might be a good time to go if very hot day.
Written May 3, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia14,084 contributions
Imo, just after the Acropolis site and museum, the Panathenaic Stadium is the second best thing to visit in Athens.
It's a place with such an outstanding history dating back to 4c BC when the athletic competitions where held here, in then rectilinear shaped stadium.
The Roman Emperor Hadrian is responsible for the today's spheric horseshoe look, as well for building the spectators stands. In Roman times it also served for gladiator fights, which were banned later with adopting Christianity.
After the Romans the stadium experienced a decay phase, when it's terrific white marble was used for house building around.
The revival phase started with Pierre de Coubertain who initiated the first modern Olympics to be held on this stadium in 1896. For this occasion the stadium was renovated with the same white marble we see today.
The entry fee is only 5 Euros and is well worth it, including an audio guide.
Be sure to climb the stands for great views of Athens and Acropolis.
On the far left end is a tunnel leading to a small but nice museum with Olympic torches and memorabilia.
Written September 22, 2021
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Thomas G
Amsterdam, The Netherlands964 contributions
The stadium is really impressive. It is fully made of marble and the oldest Olympic stadium in the world. It is way nicer than I thought and an absolutely must do, even if you are not a sports fan. The stadium is sooo huge. I recommend on doing the audiotour, which takes about 40 minutes and it will explain everything on a fun way. There is a small museum which is nice for 10 minutes and further just enjoy the mighty stadium. One of the absolute highlights of Athens for me.
PS don't forget to run a round in this historical stadium and stand on the number 1 spot for the real experience.
Written January 13, 2022
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Kevin S
Pontypridd, UK5,706 contributions
Seemingly ignored by many people given the few visitors when we were there. OK, it is not as old as the sites of ancient Athens that you will have come to see but it is built on the site where athletic and other competitive challenges took place 2500 years ago. Yes, Olympia in the Peloponnese was the original Olympics site, although I actually preferred the stadium in Messene, but this is the site of the rebirth of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. Still in use for some events today, not athletics as the track does not comply with modern dimensions, it is a wonderful site. Tour buses sometimes stop for a quick photo opportunity over the low fence.
Written July 8, 2022
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andyh67186334
Coalville, UK6,341 contributions
I am not a fan of anything sports related, but architecture and history does appeal to me, hence the visit to the stadium. I went in the late afternoon and there was hardly anyone there.
There is an underground tunnel that leads to a small museum, which I had to myself.
The steps to the top of the stadium are very steep in places, and I would imagine being made of marble, quite slippery when it has rained.
The entry fee is 10 Euros, which in my view was value for money.
Written February 5, 2022
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penguinprint
London, UK144 contributions
Just went and it was absolutely the highlight of our Athens trip. Tips to make the most of your visit: go in the morning before the stadium opens at 9am for the tourists. They allow you to run around the track or just explore the space on your own (and yes, there are ticket staff there that early).

We arrived at 8am and practically had the place to ourselves for an entire hour, running 5km around the historic track and enjoying the peace of the place. Also, contrary to the previous reviewer, the entrance fee is in fact EUR 5 and not EUR 10, so well worth the experience, especially if you're an Olympic/running/history fan. It's an amazing experience and there are loads of tiny details all around that you would never even see if you didn't go in and see the place up close (eg. the cool tunnel through which the athletes emerged, the unexpected view from the Parthenon from the rafters of the stadium, the two seats for the rulers right at the far end of the track, etc. There are too many details to list).

More so than the Acropolis/Parthenon/Temple of Zeus, etc. this place in the early morning light was the favourite spot for our group of four. A must see.
Written September 6, 2020
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ricky v
Trieste, Italy472 contributions
Family
Yes, for me it was epic sight, not for my teen daughter, which h was a bit bored.
Anyway, for me that love sport, love Olympics games this was a must visit.
The place is neat, please do take the audio guide, which is included in the ticket price, it will guide and give hints for your visit.
If you like the Olympics, this is highly recommended!!
Written July 13, 2022
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia2,556 contributions
We were in Athens in March 2020 at the start of the Covid restrictions and the city was effectively closed. When we walked into the square in front of the stadium, we were literally alone in the square with no-one else. It was again closed due to Covid restrictions but you can see a lot of the stadium so it wasn't to bad. A couple of Japanese reporters came and interviewed us as they were doing a story on the lighting of the flame for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which was happening in 3 days. I would of loved to go in but at least you could see most of it. Well worth seeing as it is the birth place of the modern Olympics.
Written October 18, 2020
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RJohri
London, UK41 contributions
Family
It’s the home to the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. A great place if you’re interested in the history of Olympic Games. To be in the midst of the stadium and walk the path the gladiators walked is surreal.

The museum hosting all Olympic Games paraphernalia and posters is a great way to enjoy history.
There is a shop and paid toilets outside the stadium. The stadium is enroute the Hop off hop on bus.
Written July 25, 2022
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Berit P
Munich, Germany13 contributions
Solo
The ticket was 5 € and an Audioguides is included. The self guided tour took me about 30 min and gave lots of interesting facts about the stadium, the architecture and the history. Climbing the steps to the highest point, walking through the arena, all very interesting. The Audioguides let the atmosphere of a packed stadium come alive. There’s a small museum but that’s partly closed due to COVID-19. I enjoyed the visit immensely.
Written October 5, 2020
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