First in a series – The marble seats

The Kallimarmaron (Καλλιμάρμαρο, i.e. the “beautifully marbled”), also known as the Panathinaiko or Panathenaic Stadium (Greek: Παναθηναϊκό στάδιο) in Athens is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble, which was excavated from Mount Penteli. (Note: not to be confused with Panathinaikos football team)

Originally build in 566BC with wooden seats to host the Panathenaic Games which were held every four years. It was rebuild in marble in 329BC and enlarged in 140AD to a capacity of 50,000 seats.

The remnants of the ancient structure were excavated and refurbished in 1870 and again in 1895 for the revival of the Olympic Games. The stadium was built long before dimensions for athletics venues were standardized and its track and layout follow the ancient hairpin-like model. It was declared officially a Archaeological Site in 1952

I took these shots last Easter (2009) in Athens, but I have not had a chance to go back and sort them out since. Bear with me while I work my way through the series… I hope you’ll find it interesting.

More in the series…

… also going back to 1928…


[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@70mm, f:8, 1/640sec, ISO-100]

My grandfather was a serious amateur photographer in the ’20s and ’30s, leaving me a legacy of stereoscopic pictures and equipment. The bug passed through the genes to my father and to me. I started taking pictures seriously when I was 11 and I spent most of my teenage years in and out of the darkroom. University, work and kids put photography on pause but my first digital camera in 2006 re-kindled my interest. RB has given me a vehicle for sharing my work and for learning so much.

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  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 5 years ago

    What great history and I really love this shot George! The way you have composed it is perfect and it almost has an abstract quality to it. Looking forward to the rest of the series as well :)

  • Shelly! Good to see you back!!! Thank you very much for favoring it my friend. I knew that the abstract lines would appeal to you… ;-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 5 years ago

    Perfect diagonal and seemingly timeless moment. Love this shot!

  • Thank you very much Jan, It was difficult to decide which shot to start the series with… I’m glad you like it and thank you for favoring it too!

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful george

  • Thank you very much! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • TickerGirl
    TickerGirlalmost 5 years ago

    Great abstract George! Now, woudln’t that be a great entry for bubble jeopardy? I wouldn’t get this one, ever ;)

  • LOL, you know what? I seriously considered it. But I thought it wouldn’t be fair. Apart from all the Greeks on RB who would probably get it instantly, nobody else would have a hope! So I decided not to… Thanks very much Monika :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Awesome capture!! :D

  • Thank you very much Cee, I really appreciate your comment and favoring and I’m glad you like it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Francis! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful abstract!

  • Thank you Erika! :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations this art is featured at post Card Style

  • Wonderful!!! Thank you very much Isa, I’m grateful! :-))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Themis
    Themisalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent – I love the composition and even more the warm tones of the marble. Congratulations on your features (I’m sure there will be more for this one :-))

  • Thanks :-) It took me a while to get back to these… With a bit of luck, I can upload the rest of the set today or tomorrow.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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