The Odeon of Herodes Atticus on the Acropolis of Athens.

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The Acropolis - The Odeon of Herodes Actticus.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus - Acropolis of Athens.

Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Odeon of Herodes Atticus from the Acropolis.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a theatre on the southern slope of the Acropolis and is one of the most recognisable monuments on the Acropolis rock, and it is still in use today for music concerts and theatre plays.

The Theatre (Odeon) of Herodes Atticus was built in 161 AD by the generous Roman Athenian Herodes Atticus in the memory of his deceased wife Asspasia Annia Regilla. Herodes Atticus who was a close friend to the Emperor Hadrian also built the stadium in Athens, the theatre at Corinth, the stadium at Delphi and many more throughout Greece and Italy.

The Odeon (theatre) was built out of pentelic marble and three stories high with a seating capacity of 5000 people, originally there was a roof made of Lebanon Cedar which was very expensive. The Odeon was extensively restored during the 1950's and is one of most complete structures on the Acropolis.

Modern use of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Since its restoration it is regularly used for concerts and festivals attracting not only Greek performers like Nana Mouskouri and Maria Callas, but also international stars like Sting, Andrea Botecelli and Elton John who have all held concerts at the Theatre. Probably the strangest performance at the theatre was in 1973 when the Miss Universe competition was held there.

 Odeon of Herodes Atticus
 Odeon of Herodes Atticus