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Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens- An entertainment hub

Who wouldn’t love a bit of entertainment at a theatre? Just like us the Greeks are also very particular about it. They appreciated the art and this has lead to the development Odeon of Herodes Atticus, a classical stone theatre that initially hosted just the wealthiest Athenians of Athens. The Odeon had later commissioned a gift to the city- a gesture of respect to the Gods of the stage. With a capacity audience of five thousand, this is one of the oldest theatres and would guarantee a vintage experience as they host music concerts on a regular basis. It has been completely restored now, though the good old classical elements have been left untouched.

the theatre in the evening
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The Best Experience!

In case you find it difficult to climb, choose the stairs at the bottom. The steps are steep and walking all the way up would take a great deal of effort. Flat shoes are recommended. And yes, the Odeon also follows a no heels policy. Don’t take it wrong. It just means no heels. Not no women! Go get yourselves to enjoy this classical vintage experience with your loved ones watching your favourite bands perform. The Odeon hosts many high profiles shows on a regular basis.

Best time to start packing

Greece is located in the Mediterranean region and would experience warm and dry summers and cold and rainy winters. The best time to have a good overall experience would be from June to September. A culture rich, fun-filled and carefree destination awaits. Would you say no? But yes I have to remind you of one thing. Never greet someone waving open hands in public. Such a gesture is never tolerated and is deemed disrespectful by the local people. Keep your hand closed when you wave and the people would be pleasingly hospitable.

Is this the same as the Theatre of Dionysus?

No, though both are located very close to each other in Acropolis, they are not the same. Theatre of Dionysius was the first theatre ever built and where the Greek tragedy was born. The theatre could accommodate 17.000 people could and it had excellent acoustics. On the other hand, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, is smaller and better preserved where art events still take place.

the theatre during the day time
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The theatre was believed to be destroyed in 267 AD by the Heruli, a Germanic tribe. Then in 1950, the theatre was restored partially. The restoration was mainly on the audience seating area and the stage. Marble tiles were again used to retain architectural beauty. In recent times, this theatre actively serves for various performances and concerts especially during summertime when the annual Athens festival is held.

As mentioned before, this is one of the best-preserved theatres in Athens. One gets to see the actual architecture without any regrets of missing out because of ruins, like in the Theatre of Dionysus. It’s apt for the family as well as a fun-filled friends vacation. Reasons outnumbered to visit this place? If so, book your Greece vacation right away or log onto pickyourtrail.com to know more! Happy vacay!

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