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Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Greece

From series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
Year: 165 AD.

On the southern slope of the Acropolis is its most important antique attraction - the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Its name was given to the ancient theater in honour of the founder, Herodes Atticus - an outstanding political and public figure. The history of the construction of the theater is very romantic. The great Greek speaker built it in memory of his wife Regilla. An incredibly beautiful spouse died quite young, Herodes suffered a loss strongly and the whole year did not leave the walls of his house.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Greece A huge loss triggered the speaker to erect an incredibly beautiful and large-scale monument. Built by his order, the Odeon could accommodate up to 5000 spectators. Despite its impressive age, the theater has survived to this day almost in its original form. For many years it has been used for important cultural events. On its stage performed Maria Callas and Mikis Theodorakis, as well as the best theatrical and ballet troupes from around the world.

The construction of the amphitheater was completed in 165 AD. In the course of the last reconstructions, only a multicoloured marble facing and several statues were renovated. All other elements of architecture are perfectly preserved from the time of construction, which allows guests of the ancient theater to fully enjoy its pristine grandeur. The best time to visit the sights is a period from June to September, when the annual Athens Festival takes place. During this period, interesting performances and concerts in the amphitheater are held literally every week. Next - Arena di Verona

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Nearest airports:
 »  Eleftherios Venizelos Airport ATH - in 19 km
 »  Syros Island Airport JSY - in 123 km
 »  Skiathos Airport JSI - in 135 km
 »  Sparta Airport SPJ - in 153 km
 »  Mykonos Airport JMK - in 154 km
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Hotel Thissio

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White Lotus Hotel

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Zorbas Hostel

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Diva Athens City Hotel

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Athenians never take their shoes off even when entering a home. They are very hospitable, but invite guests for a dinner or lunch quite rarely. The period starting from 2 to 6 p.m. is considered the time of day rest, so it would be better to refrain from phone calls on this time. You should also not call and after 10 p.m. as it will also be the sign of bad manners.

Every year on October 28 an unusual holiday is celebrated in Athens. The holiday’s name is Day of Ohi (the meaning of this word has been already mentioned). On this day Greece said "no" to occupation of Italy. So this holiday has been celebrated since the Second World War. Local residents are very funny people who like entertainments. There is simply no weekend in this city that has no folk festivals and celebrations. On Sundays main squares of Athens become the location of interesting musical and theatrical performances; during the days of national celebrations the local people carefully decorate the streets of the city with flower garlands and beautiful placards.
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