Located right next to Zappeion Mansion, the Panathenaic Stadium is profoundly connected to the Olympic Games, and among the greatest monuments in Athens.
Also known as Kallimarmaro, the Panathenaic Stadium is a classic cultural and touristic monument and one of the most significant monuments in Greece, due to its connection to the tradition of the Olympic Flame and the Olympic Games, dating from their revival to 2004.
The Panathenaic Stadium is located on the site of an ancient Greek Stadium founded in 329 BC and which hosted the organisation of field games for many centuries. To this day, it beholds a magnificent and noble history, with particular emphasis on the year 1894; one of the stadium's most significant dates. This is when Demetrios Vikelas (president of the International Gymnastics Committee and plenipotentiary of the Panhellenic Gymnastics Association) persuaded the Conference that the first International Olympic Games should be held in the Greek capital in 1896.
The Panathenaic Stadium was chosen to host these international games and it was of course the centre of attention. The enormous expense of reconstructing the Stadium was mainly undertaken by the national benefactor, Georgios Averoff, whose marble portrait statue, carved by sculptor Georgios Vroutos, graces the right of the stadium's entrance.
Nowadays, the Panathenaic Stadium represents the noble competition and hosts significant events; the 2004 Olympic Games being the highlight. The price of the ticket includes an audio guide tour, a brochure, the right to be photographed at the podium and if you like sports you can enjoy your morning jog here (upon application). There are toilets and a cafe on the premises.