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An impressive structure where the first Olympic Games were held.

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Panathenaic Stadium

The birthplace of the Olympic Games

Believe it or not, this gigantic white building is made entirely from marble. It is also one of the most important places in the world in terms of sporting history. The Olympic Games was a tradition that began in Athens and this stadium was one of the first venues used for these games. Also known as Kallimármaro, it was initially built in 330 AD in wood. Positioned on the side of the hill that surrounds the site so the entire city could get a good view of the events being held, it became one of the most popular places in Athens. In 1894, it was restored and became the main site of the Olympic Games held that year. With a capacity of 70,000 people, this stadium continues to host a large number of sporting and cultural events. A visit to this site is both a visit to the birthplace of sport and of Classical Athens.



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