It was built at the selfsame site of the ancient stadium of Athens also called Panathenaic, as it was built in the 4th century B.C. to play host to the athletic games held in the context of the Great Panathenaea Festival. In Roman times it was renovated and reveted with the most precious pentelic marble. Towards the end of the 19th century the stadium was rebuilt, once more with pentelic marble, in order to host the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. It can accommodate up to 60,000 spectators. The stadium is associated with a mega sport event held every year, since it is used as the finish line of the Authentic Marathon Race of Athens.
The only marble stadium of the world.