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Panathenaic Stadium – The World’s Only Stadium Made Entirely of Marble

Yes, the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens is the world’s only stadium made entirely of marble. But this is not famous because of its marble.

Panathenaic Stadium Olympics in Athens, Greece.
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

It is well-known as the birthplace of the first modern Olympics (in 1896) that we enjoy every four years.

Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Travel Blog Photo
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

Back then, there were only nine sports included in the event and Panathenaic Stadium hosted four of those sports.

Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Travel Blog
Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

Twelve countries participated in that first modern Olympic Games.

Mt. Lycabettus is very visible from the Olympics Stadium (Athens, Greece).
Mt. Lycabettus is very visible from the Olympics Stadium (Athens, Greece).

It was the Roman senator, Herodes Atticus, who ordered to have the stadium made entirely of marble.

The first modern Olympics Games was held in this stadium. Athens, Greece Travel Blog
The first modern Olympics Games was held in this stadium.

In 2004, Athens proudly welcomed back the Olympic torch after 108 years!

Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first summer Olympics in 1896 (Athens, Greece).
Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first summer Olympics in 1896 (Athens, Greece).

And at that time, there were 301 events in 28 sports which 10,625 athletes from 201 countries competed.

The first modern Olympic Games was held in 1896 in Athens, Greece. Travel Blog
The first modern Olympic Games all started here in 1896 in Athens, Greece.
This Panathenaic Olympic Stadium can accommodate 50,000 people.
The Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece. Travel
The Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece.

The locals call it “Kallimarmaro” which means “made of fine marble.”

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Can you see that pure marble? It’s amazing!

The stadium is massive that even if there are hundreds of tourists, you can still be alone somewhere in those bleachers.

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This is the only stadium in the world that is made of marble!

Don’t forget to visit the Panathenaic stadium museum where you had to pass through a tunnel.

The tunnel going to the museum. Greece Athens
The tunnel going to the museum.

WHERE TO STAY IN ATHENS

Athens, Greece Olympic Games
Who wants to race with me? 😉

If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.comExpedia, and TripAdvisor. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the sights you want to see in Athens. 

If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.


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