The Panathenaikon (Panathenaic) Stadium, a remarkable construction, was made of white marble. The horseshoe shaped stadium faces the National Garden. In 330 BC., a stadium made of wood was built at this location. Herodes Atticus constructed a marble edifice, which was the model for the edifice of the stadium that stands today. It was used as a space for athletic competitions, which took place during the Panathenaea Festival. The stadium that stands today has a capacity of approxmately 60,000 spectators. It was built from 1869-1870 and it was the venue of the first Olympic Games in modern history (1896). Surrounding the stadium is the wooded Ardittos Hill, where locals love to take walks (www.panathenaicstadium.gr).
Text: Jorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Text edited by Katrina Butzer