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The Kallimarmaro Stadium, usually referred to as the Panathenaic Stadium, lies in the centre of Athens and occupies the exact site of the original Panathenaic Stadium built in 330-329 BC. It has been rebuilt a number of times, firstly for gladiatorial contests during Hadrian's reign (AD 117-138), then rebuilt in white marble by Herodes Atticus for the Panathenaic Games in AD 144. Following this it was neglected for many years and its marble was quarried for use in new buildings or burned to make lime. Finally, in 1895 a wealthy benefactor paid for the restoration of the stadium which was completed in time for the first modern Olympic Games on 5 April 1896. The present structure, made of marble, is a faithful replica of Herodes Atticus' design and can seat up to 60,000 spectators. In the 2004 Olympic Games, the stadium was fittingly used for the archery contest and for the finish of the Olympic marathon.

I found the scale of the stadium difficult to capture in a pleasing way with my small camera, so I framed in on this detail, reducing the scene to a more abstract composition which I think still conveys the clean feel of marble lines and gives a hint of the empty racetrack. To put the scene in context, I've posted a fuller scene taken from a similar POV as a workshop.

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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