Second in a series – The track

As the stadium was recently refurbished for the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, the newly laid track surface with the sweeping lane lines, blends in with the classical curved lines of the marble seating.

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 Modern Olympic Games in 1896. 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.

Also in the series…

… also going back to 1928…


[Sony a350, Sigma 17-70@70mm, f:8, 1/400sec, ISO-100]


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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
    micheleireneover 4 years ago

    I’m digging the contrast of the old and the new, the dark and the light. Nicely composed image George. Great work :)

  • Thanks Shelly :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Vikram Franklin
    Vikram Franklinover 4 years ago

    From the previous shot – I liked this one the most and was waiting for it … just the contrasts are what got my attention! Cinder with marble is just perfect!!
    I’ve walked around here … your pics of this place are fantastic!!

  • Thanks :-) You know, after growing up in Athens, it’s only this year that I actually went there to walk around? How ridiculous is that? LOL It is a fascinating place and very difficult to do justice to.

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • photoloi
    photoloiover 4 years ago

  • Wonderful! Thank you again!!! :-)))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Ursula Rodgers
    Ursula Rodgersover 4 years ago

    Definitely my fave of the series! Not only does it have fab lines, it also has great contrast, between the track and the stands. Congrats on the feature too :)

  • Thanks on all accounts Ursula, I’m glad you like it :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Nathalie Chaput
    Nathalie Chaputover 4 years ago

    Awesome Shot George, my favorite from this series. Love the contrast!

  • Thanks for the favoring Nathalie :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations! You have been featured in the Beautifully Captured Architectural Details Features.

  • Excellent!!! Thank you very much Christine :-))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Themis
    Themisover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your features, another good shot and very interesting information to go with it – you’re a model to be followed!

  • Thank you :-))

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • Bryan Freeman
    Bryan Freemanover 4 years ago

  • Wonderful! Thank you very much Bryan, much appreciated :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Thank you very much Francis :-)

    – George Parapadakis (monocotylidono)

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