Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Theatre of Herodes Atticus

One of the more impressive (if not the most impressive) structures around the Athenian Acropolis is the theatre of Herodes Atticus (101-177 Ad) which was built in the end of his life (after 174 Ad). It was admired already in antiquity by Pausanias for it's beauty and extravagance, being built in very expensive materials such as pentelic marble and cedar wood. Experts estimate that it could hold about 5000 spectators. Note though that the construction is heavily restored today and might not quite mirror the original.

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