The Panathenaic Stadium was used for the opening and closing ceremonies of the first modern Olympic Games held in Athens in 1896. The image shows a view of the stadium that was remodeled for the 2004 Olympic Games. This venue was the finishing point for the men’s and women’s Marathon races. In addition, the archery competition was held there. It currently being used for a variety of purposes, including as a venue to transfer the Olympic flame to the host nation.
The original stadium at this site was built in 330 BCE, and was remodeled in 144 CE by Herodus Atticus, an Athenian aristocrat who rose became a Roman Senator. This site was excavated in 1869 and a new stadium was reconstructed at the same site.
Check the following images of the ancient Olympic Stadium at Olympia.
Ancient Olympic Stadium Images
– Entrance to the ancient Olympic Stadium
– Arch at the entrance to the ancient Olympic Stadium
– Ancient Olympic Stadium with the race track
– Starting line marker embedded on the race track
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