Built at the feet of the Acropolis, this site is still used as a venue today.
Life on the street and in the theatre
One of the first things you'll learn about Athens when visiting the remains of its splendid past is that life was a very public affair: it was a society that worked and played on the city streets. This is why there were just as many public places dedicated to politics as there were to culture and entertainment. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a prime example of this. Built by the Roman consul Herodes Atticus around the year 174 AD, it was one of the city's most popular theatres. Located at the feet of the Acropolis, it was designed to seat 5,000 spectators and was a meeting place for residents and governors of the city. This monumental building has been beautifully restored and is currently still used for large cultural events, playing host each summer to the prestigious Athens Festival. Check what's on and come for a visit!