The Panathenaic Stadium of Athens, Greece (or Kallimarmaro): It is known as the Roman Stadium, the Panathenaic Stadium or just Kallimarmaro (which means made of fine marble). We are referring to this incredible stadium that stands at the end of Herodes Atticus st, in a walking distance from the temple of Olympian Zeus, the Arch of Hadrian and the Acropolis.
This amazing stadium was originally constructed in the ancient times to host the famous Panathenaic Games, which were held to honor goddess Athena, the protector of the city. At first, the stadium had wooden seats, but in 329 BC the governor Lycourgos remade it with marble. In 140 BC, the Roman general Herodes Atticus renovated it and obtained a capacity of 50,000 seated people.
Centuries passed and the stadium was neglected. In the Medieval times, it was used as a quarry and it suffered various damages. However, in the late 19th century (1986), it was renovated to host the first Modern Olympic Games that were held in Athens. The reconstruction was assigned to architects Anastasios Metaxas and Ernst Ziller. The finding was provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff, whose marble statue stands at the entrance of the stadium.
Discover the Panathenaic Stadium with a tour
Discover some of the most popular tours to the Panathenaic Stadium:
Explore the city of Athens in the afternoon with this bus tour that passes by the most important monuments of the Greek capital. This tour can be very convenient for some visitors as it takes place in the afternoon.
This tour covers the most famous ancient and modern sights of Athens in just 90 minutes! Save yourself from a lot of time and energy and see everything in the beautiful city of Athens! The bus runs all around central Athens and the ticket is valid for 24 hours.
There are many ways to reach the Kallimarmaro Roman Stadium, from any location in Athens.
Tours: Discover the Kallimarmaro Roman Stadium with an organized tour, starting from 61.20 euros.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292or book your taxi online.
On foot: As the Kallimarmaro Roman Stadium is located in a central area of Athens, it can be easily reached on foot from Syntagma metro station, in approximately 15 minutes.
By metro: The closest metro station is “Acropolis” on line 2. Note that the Kallimarmaro Roman Stadium is located within a 15-minute walking distance from the metro. Get a map of the metro here.
By bus/trolleybus: Since the Kallimarmaro Roman Stadium is located in one of the most central regions in Athens, there are many bus stops nearby. Check the routes and the official timetables on OASA Telematics.
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