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Encyclopedia > Panathenaic Stadium

Panathinaiko Stadium (also known as the Kallimarmaro) in Athens is the only major stadium in the world that's constructed fully of white marble from mount Penteli. It was re-built in 1895 in order to host the first modern Olympic Games, in a location that in ancient times was used to host the Panathenean Games in honour of the Goddess Athena.

In more recent years this stadium has been often used to honour the homecoming of victorious Greek athletes, most notably the Greek national football team after its victory at the 2004 European Football Championship but also the opening ceremony of the World Championships in Athletics in 1997 by Vangelis.

In the 2004 Olympic Games, the Panathinaiko Stadium hosted the archery competition, and served as the finish site for the men's and women's marathons.

External link

  • Athens 2004 website (http://www.athens2004.com/en/Venues/venues?oid=834802b31af59f00VgnVCMServer28130b0aRCRD)

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