Panathenaic Marble Stadium of Athens
Panathenaic Stadium – Athens city centre
The Panathenaic Stadium is a classical cultural and touristic monument of Greece and one of the most significant monuments not only for Athens, but for the whole Greece. It is one of city’s most popular touristic attractions and one of Athens’ landmarks. Its rich history is directly connected to the Modern Olympic Games as from their revival in 1896 until the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. It is also the place from where the Olympic flame sets up its journey to the cities of the Olympic Games, both Winter, Summer and Youth. The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient stadium, where for many centuries hosted the Panathinea Games. The first modern Olympic Games commenced on 25 March and concluded on 3 April 1896. The Stadium was the main venue for many sports. In the Athens 2004 Olympic Games the Stadium experienced moments of suspense and emotion during the archery contests and as the finishing line of the Marathon race. A creation of the Athenians, as its name proudly proclaims, the Panathenaic Stadium has been the venue for noble competition, fair play, of mind and of body, from Antiquity (490 B.C.) to present and probably to future time. The Stadium is built by marble, like the statues made to live for ever.
Operation Period: All year. Visiting hours: 08.00 – 19.00 March to October and 08.00 – 17.00 November to February. Location: Vas.Konstantinou street, Athens city
ACTIVITIES – PROGRAMS FOR VISITORS
Entrance Ticket: 3 euro, 50% discount for individual students (a valid student ID is required for the purchase of student tickets) and seniors over 65 years old, the entrance is free for School groups visit (with a teacher) and for kids under 6 years old.
The entrance fee covers: entry to the stadium, access to the whole site, an automatic audio guide tour of the site, entrance to the Vaulted passage, the right to run on the track, information about the history of the site, the right to be photographed and have an enjoyable and educational experience, visit the permanent exhibition “Memories from Olympic Games: Posters and Torches from 1896 till today” at the Atrium, watch highlights of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games on two big screens and “play” with the programs of a multimedia touch screen table just before reaching the Atrium.
INFO FOR TRAVELS AGENCIES
Free tickets are issued for 10% of visitors in tour groups of more than 20.
Guided tours for organized groups can be carried out by the guides who accompany them.
The use of the audio guide is not mandatory. The audio tour informs the visitors on the Stadium’s rich history, the history of its construction and its reconstruction, its architecture and location, and also the role that the Stadium has played on many significant moments in Sports and culture of Greece. There is also particular reference to the Olympic Games, that are closely related to the Panathenaic Stadium. Following the route indicated by the 12 points of interest in the Stadium, the visitor has the chance of a journey to its rich history…
It is possible to book the Atrium, a well equipped and tastefully decorated conference space that can comfortably accommodate small events such as seminars, business meetings, partner/staff training, presentations, etc in combination with a visit to the Stadium.
For better service bookings should be made in advance. Tickets can be sent in advance of the visit. It is possible to organize visits of an interactive nature and VIP visits upon request. Visits of an interactive nature and VIP visits can be organized upon request.
Guides: Organized groups and teams can visit the Panathenaic Stadium accompanied by qualified guides. Free tickets are issued for 10% of visitors in tour groups of more than 20.
INFO FOR VISITORS
Because of the marble, the temperature in the Stadium during summer can be very high.
The best hours to visit the Stadium during the summer months are in the morning and late afternoon, when temperatures are lower. On warm days, we suggest you bring along a bottle of water and sun protection. For your own safety during the winter months, care is advised on the steps, especially during wet weather. An unforgettable photo. If you want an amazing photograph, you should climb to the upper tier of stand 21, from where you can capture the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Filopappos Hill, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Zappeion, the National Gardens and Lycabettus Hill. Run around the Stadium. If you feel energetic, you can go for a run around the stadium, on the the footsteps of great athletes! Athletic shoes necessary! Morning jogging 07.30 – 09.00. Do not forget to take a photo on the podium against the backdrop of the Stadium. The Cafe is open daily.