Vassileos Konstantinou Avenue
11635 Athens, Greece
tel: +30 210 331 0392 (Tourist information)
fax: +30 210 752 6386
NileGuide Expert tip:
Beautifully designed horseshoe-shaped marble masterpiece. First used in the 4th century BC for the Panathenaic athletic contests, later fell into ruins and restored in 1896 and polished for the 2004 Olympics.
Also known as Kallimarmaro, the Panathenaic Stadium is where the First Olympic Games were revived in 1896. This u-shaped marble stadium has a capacity to seat 70,000 spectators and is used to host large-scale events. Its gates are only open when events are held, but it is still possible to view this impressive and historic structure. The Olympic marathon event which starts 42 kilometers away at Marathon finishes here. Greek runner Spiros Louis won the marathon during the 1896 summer Olympics. Opposite the stadium are the National Gardens and Zappeion Conference & Exhibition Center. During the summer, watch a film at the outdoor cinema called Aegli adjacent to the Zappeion. Other points of interest include the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Hadrian's Arch and the National Gardens.