ODEON OF HERODES ATTICUS
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is located on the south west side of the rock of Acropolis and was discovered during excavations in 1848 and 1857. It has a capacity of 5.000 seats and is used today for concerts and theatrical productions.
The main founder of the Odeon was an eminent sophist from Marathon and teacher to the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. It was built around 160 A.D. in honor of his wife Aspasia Annia Regilla. It was the third Odeon of the city after those of Pericles and Agrippa.
The entire building was covered with wood for better sound quality and protection of the spectators from bad weather. Behind the stage exists a series of pillars and niches which would support the statues of the Gods. The semicircle orchestra, with a range of 38 meters, in front of the stage was re-laid with white and blue marble in the 1950Ęs.
The destruction of the Odeon has been blamed on the Heruli tribe who, during 267 A.D. destroyed most of the monuments of the city.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Archaeological Area)
Dionysiou Areopagitou Street
10555 Athens (Greece)
Tel. +30 210 - 3232771
HOW TO GET THERE
BY ATHENS METRO: 2 (Red Line), Station "Akropolis"
BY BUS: 024, 040, 057, 103, 106, 108, 111, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 155, 206, 208, 227, 230, 237, 856, A2, A3, A4, B2, B3, B4, E2, E22
TROLLEY: 1, 5, 15
BY FOOT: From Syntagma Square, follow Filellinon Street to Vasilissis Amalias Avenue, until you meet the walkway of Dionysiou Aeropagitou. Follow it all the way up and you will see the Odeon of Herodes Atticus below the Acropolis Hill, on your right hand side.
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