Teatro Di Dioniso
Teatro Di Dioniso
4.5
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Thissio / Makriyanni
Named after the well-preserved Thission (ancient temple of Hephaestus), Thissio is blessed with a small wooded park and some less frenetic streets that offer numerous quieter places to stay and eat. Largely pedestrianised Apostolou Pavlou Street runs between the Acropolis and forested Filopappou Hill, well worth climbing for more great panoramas, until it merges with Dionysiou Areopagitou Street. This leads to the up-and-coming area of Makriyanni, whose centrepiece is the magnificent new Acropolis Museum. Opposite the museum is the entrance to the southern slopes of the Acropolis, while the eponymous metro station nearby is at the top of Makriyanni Street, another strip of touristic cafés and restaurants.
How to get there
  • Akropoli • 4 min walk
  • Neos Kosmos • 5 min walk
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  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,475 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An impressive size
    You have to walk right past it so cannot miss it. It's size is what is so impressive. We could not understand how someone on the top row would hear what the performers were saying....larger than most modern football stadiums
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom10,930 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    17,000 spectators
    The Theatre of Dionysus was the first theatre in the world and the largest and most important theatre in ancient Greece. It is one of the very impressive sights at the Acropolis. Confusingly, there are are two theatres quite close to each other so it’s fairly easy to confuse this one with the smaller Odeon. If like us, you enter through the south gate, then this is the very first main sight that you come to. The very first dance and mime took place at this site in the 6th century BC, not as plays but as ritual celebrations to honour the gods. Over the centuries, the site transformed into the theatre that we see today. At its height, it could hold 17,000 spectators in rows upon row of tiered seats. That’s a pretty amazing number when you consider that the London Palladium only holds 2,286 seats, the Hammersmith Apollo holds around 3500 and the Sydney Opera House around 5,700. The great plays of Sophocles, Euripides, and Aeschylus, the comedies of Aristophanes were all performed here and performances could last up to 6 hours. Looking at those stone seats, Im not sure how anyone lasted that long. The VIPs of course sat in the front rows which were fitted out with much more luxurious throne-like marble seating with carved legs and armrests (not sure that would be a whole lot more comfortable on the bottom though). The statue alongside the theatre is of the ancient Greek playwright, Menander. TICKET TIP: I’d highly recommend buying the combo ticket. At €30, it is excellent value. It lasts for 5 days and includes entry to 7 ancient sites. Entry to the Acropolis on its own is €20 so if it is your first time to Athens, it makes sense to buy this ticket (unless you’re here in winter when many sites are half price).
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
  • Richard M
    Hampstead Norreys, United Kingdom893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unexpectedly amazing
    The theatre is mostly in ruins but you can see just how large the place is. The thought of it in its completness was mind blowing seeing the area of the hill it occupies. Imagine the great and good of ancient Greece performing here and you can sense the historical significance.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 November 2023
  • CPaM68
    Texas686 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Why is it important?
    This is the older of the two theaters associated with the Acropolis and is considered by many historians to be the world’s oldest theater. It is also important because this was home to ancient drama festivals where playwrights (among them Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes) presented their plays. Originally built in the sixth century BC, the theater underwent several additions and renovations, including the installation of front row seats that were like thrones with the name of the person the seat was built for inscribed on the seat. Built to hold 17,000 spectators, it is the least well preserved of the two amphitheaters of the Acropolis. It can be viewed from the top of the Acropolis and can be reached by a path from there, but it is more easily reached from the bottom of the hill. (PaM)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 February 2024
  • TWal1
    Canberra, Australia2,950 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important Historical Feature
    The ruins of this theatre are impressive and it certainly conjures images of a grand facility in its day. One of the most important buildings in Ancient Greece this area would have provided entertainment in a grand scale. It is best to visit this area in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
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AvidTraveler12
Winchester, UK1,813 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
On the south side of the Acropolis complex is the Theatre Of Dionysus which at one time had the capacity to hold 25,000 spectators. It fell into decay and was partially restored in the 19th century. You can see the outline of how it used to be but unfortunately the theatre as a whole is not in good condition. Best to go early morning with a pre-booked ticket with a reputable tourist agency, which will allow you to beat the queue's. Uneven ground so a decent pair of shoes a hat and some water should would be beneficial.
Written 7 May 2023
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MargotPrist
Brussels, Belgium24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This building is very beautiful!
It's a place where only singing happened, it was constructed by the romans as you can tell by typical roman arcs.
It initially had a roof but there are no remains of this roof.
It's an incredible building. We were told that there are still some concerts held here, especially during the greek festival.
Written 9 January 2022
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TWal1
Canberra, Australia2,950 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The ruins of this theatre are impressive and it certainly conjures images of a grand facility in its day. One of the most important buildings in Ancient Greece this area would have provided entertainment in a grand scale. It is best to visit this area in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and heat.
Written 26 February 2024
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masinorfolk
norfolk36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Ancient theatre that looks beautiful. It must have being amazing in it's day. The design is still the same we use today. Entry to this is on the same ticket as the Acropolis. We purchased a ticket that allowed us to visit 7 sites for 30 Euros. Good place to visit and the view up the top is amazing.
Written 9 January 2020
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,475 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
You have to walk right past it so cannot miss it. It's size is what is so impressive. We could not understand how someone on the top row would hear what the performers were saying....larger than most modern football stadiums
Written 26 October 2023
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CPaM68
Texas686 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This is the older of the two theaters associated with the Acropolis and is considered by many historians to be the world’s oldest theater. It is also important because this was home to ancient drama festivals where playwrights (among them Sophocles, Euripides, Aeschylus, and Aristophanes) presented their plays. Originally built in the sixth century BC, the theater underwent several additions and renovations, including the installation of front row seats that were like thrones with the name of the person the seat was built for inscribed on the seat. Built to hold 17,000 spectators, it is the least well preserved of the two amphitheaters of the Acropolis. It can be viewed from the top of the Acropolis and can be reached by a path from there, but it is more easily reached from the bottom of the hill. (PaM)
Written 1 February 2024
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_J_o_y_K_911_
London, UK365 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
Located on the way up to Acropolis from the slopes side entrance. Not much left here unfortunately. The Acropolis entrance ticket covers this structure as well. Free entry on 8 Mar, 18 Apr and 18 May.
Written 13 April 2023
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Richard M
Hampstead Norreys, UK893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The theatre is mostly in ruins but you can see just how large the place is. The thought of it in its completness was mind blowing seeing the area of the hill it occupies. Imagine the great and good of ancient Greece performing here and you can sense the historical significance.
Written 26 November 2023
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Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
It was a shame that the theatre was closed, but with Covid restrictions in place, you couldn't get in to see it. You could just glimpse it from the outside but it looked good. I will have to come back when its open to see it as it looks like an amazing piece of angineering.
Written 16 October 2020
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TomFarhias
Kongsberg, Norway517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
One of my preferred places in the Acropolis site due to its atmosphere. As the theater is quite destroyed you really need to give your imagination some time. Therefore just sit and enjoy, take your time to really appreciate what is one of the vital locations of the entire site. Loved every second.
Written 24 February 2020
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