The Panathenaic Olympic Stadium of Athens
The Panathenaic Olympic Stadium, also known as Kalimarmaro since it was covered throughout with white marble, is meant to serve athletic competitions and cultural events.
The stadium is situated East of the Zappeion Gardens and North of the Ardittos Hill, where Ilissos River flows underground. The stadium was hollowed out in a natural ravine between the hills of Agras and Ardittos. The side opposite to the entrance ended with an artificial hemicircle, called sphendone. In the arena, track has an elliptical form.
In ancient times, and at the very same location, the Panathenaic Stadium was used to perform part of the Panathenaea festivities, dedicated to Goddess Athena, known to be the most important festivities of the glorious city of Athens.
The construction of the original stadium is attributed to the statesman and orator Lykourgos, at 329 B.C. The ground belonged to an Athenian citizen by the name of Deinias, who ceded it to the city for the construction of an arena, as well as an amphitheater for the Panathenaea games and festivities. But it was five centuries later, in 140 A.D. that the stadium became one of the most magnificent monuments of Athens, thanks to Roman Emperor Herod Atticus, who replaced the original wooden seating with marble from Mt. Penteli, and capacity was increased to seat 50.000 spectators.
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