Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Athens, Greece

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a stone theatre structure located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens. It was built in 161 AD by the Athenian magnate Herodes Atticus in memory of his wife, Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was originally a steep-sloped theater with a three-story stone front wall and a wooden roof made of expensive cedar of Lebanon timber. It was used as a venue for music concerts with a capacity of 5,000. It lasted intact until it was destroyed and left in ruins by the Heruli in 267 AD.



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Acropolis, Athens, Greece
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Founded: 161 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Greece

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Kristin Kachmar (13 months ago)
We watched a musical performance with 4 singers and a girls choir. Not a bad seat in the house and so much fun to sit in an ancient historical site. I recommend any performance!!!
Elaine Carr (13 months ago)
Went here for a concert as part of the Athens Festival, what a fantastic experience. The music was amazing. The theatre is so atmospheric - the moon was shining through the ancient arches. The acoustics and lighting added to the experience. If you are in Athens during the Festival this is an absolute must. We paid for the best seats so not cheap but still no where near what you would pay for a show in London. You can book tickets easily online at the Festival website.
Natasja Juno (13 months ago)
I'm filled with awe whenever I sit on those 2,5 thousand year old marbled steps and watch an art performance. It's breathtaking. It's easily accessible on foot from the Acropolis metro station.
Rui Santo (13 months ago)
The theater from above seems magnificent. However, if you manage to seat inside, for a example for a show, you will see that the experience is beyond magnificent. Definitely recommend assisting something on the side of the theater, so that you can have a view to the stage and the acropolis.
PHI PHAN (13 months ago)
Saw Max Cooper here, the ancient theatre is out of this world for it's acoustic and design. Of course the artist and his team brought the music but the venue itself played a huge part in the success of the show. Can't wait to come back for another show!
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