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On the southern slope of the Acropolis is an ancient stone theater, known as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Herodion). It was built in 161 AD. by the Athenian magnate Herod Atticus in honor of his late consort Regilla. Initially it was an amphitheater with a steep slope and a three-story stone front wall, the roof was made of expensive Lebanese cedar wood. The structure is very well preserved to this day, with the exception of statues in the niches and multi-colored marble cladding. The odeon was used for musical concerts and accommodated 5,000 spectators. In 1950, the theater was reconstructed; white Pentelic marble was used for cladding. Odeon today amazes with its magnificent acoustics. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is the venue for the Athens Festival, which is held annually from May to October. A huge number of famous Greek and world celebrities such as Maria Callas, Maurice Bejart, Mikis Theodorakis, Placido Domingo, Bolshoi Theater ballet, Manos Hadzidakis, Yorgos Dalaras, Marinella and many other famous artists and organizations performed on this stage. In 1973 the Miss Universe contest was held here. In May 1996, Sting performed on this stage with his new album “Mercury Falling”. And in 2000, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus hosted the legendary Elton John. In September 2010, the famous Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli gave a charity concert here, the purpose of which was to raise funds for cancer research. The concert was attended by current Prime Minister Georgios Papandreou and the Athenian Archbishop Jerome II. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is not only a historical monument, but also the main acting scene of Athens. Therefore, you can only get to it during concerts and performances by buying a ticket. But you can admire the beautiful ancient buildings from the top of the Acropolis.
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