Yes, the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens is the world’s only stadium made entirely of marble. But this is not famous because of its marble.
It is well-known as the birthplace of the first modern Olympics (in 1896) that we enjoy every four years.
Back then, there were only nine sports included in the event and Panathenaic Stadium hosted four of those sports.
Twelve countries participated in that first modern Olympic Games.
It was the Roman senator, Herodes Atticus, who ordered to have the stadium made entirely of marble.
In 2004, Athens proudly welcomed back the Olympic torch after 108 years!
And at that time, there were 301 events in 28 sports which 10,625 athletes from 201 countries competed.
This Panathenaic Olympic Stadium can accommodate 50,000 people.
The locals call it “Kallimarmaro” which means “made of fine marble.”
The stadium is massive that even if there are hundreds of tourists, you can still be alone somewhere in those bleachers.
Don’t forget to visit the Panathenaic stadium museum where you had to pass through a tunnel.
WHERE TO STAY IN ATHENS
If you want to stay in the heart of ancient Athens with a fantastic view of the Acropolis and the Parthenon from your room window, then, A for Athens Hotel in Monastiraki is your best bet. You can book it via Booking.com, Expedia, and Booking.com. The hotel also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the ancient sites nearby. Remember that Monastiraki area is where you can walk to all the sights you want to see in Athens.
If you’re a budget traveler, there are a couple of hostels in this area, too. Try City Circus Athens Hostel and Bedbox are nice hostels to stay in. You can book either of them via HostelWorld and Booking.com.