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The Panathenaic Stadium or Panathinaiko (Greek: Παναθηναϊκό στάδιο, also known as the Kallimarmaro (Καλλιμάρμαρο, meaning the “beautifully marbled”), is the most ancient stadium in use in the world, is an athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. Reconstructed from the remains of an ancient Greek stadium, the Panathenaic is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble.
In ancient times, the stadium on this site was used to host the athletic portion of the Panathenaic Games, in honor of the Goddess Athena. During classical times, it had wooden seating. In 329 BC it was rebuilt in marble by the archon Lycurgus and in 140 AD was enlarged and renovated by Herodes Atticus, giving a seated capacity of 50,000. The remnants of the ancient structure were excavated and refurbished, with funds provided by Evangelis Zappas, for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1870. In 1895 the stadium was refurbished a second time for the 1896 Olympics, with completion funding provided by the Greek benefactor George Averoff, whose marble statue now stands at the entrance.
Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, Greece, Europe

Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-85 mm at 24 mm, 1/160 sec at f/ 18, ISO 200
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  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkeralmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture and composition my friend.

  • Thank you very much Tom, happy new year!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Mark Hughes
    Mark Hughesalmost 2 years ago

    Cool shot Konstantionos, have a great 2013 my friend. Best wishes, Mark.

  • Thanks a lot my friend, happy new year to you and your family!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    Many thanks to the Greece and all things Hellenic group for the fature!

  • fauselr
    fauselralmost 2 years ago

    cool shot

  • Thanks a lot Ray!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • João Figueiredo
    João Figueiredoalmost 2 years ago

    absolutely fantastic, what a relic Konstantinos! Good capture!

  • Thank you very much my friend!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • vadim19
    vadim19almost 2 years ago

    great capture Konstantinos! When I was in Athens we were not able to get inside due to some work in there. Thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you very much Vadim, Happy New Year!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Arfan Habib
    Arfan Habibalmost 2 years ago

    Awesome image Konstantinos!

  • Thank you very much Arfan!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpalmost 2 years ago

  • Many thanks for the feature Marie!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesalmost 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thanks a lot Judith!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 2 years ago

    Many thanks to the Vanishing Points group for the feature!

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