This 5,000-seat theater was built in 161 AD. and was funded by the wealthy Greek aristocrat Herod Atticus in honor of his late wife. Being a popular venue for concerts even today, he saw performances by such famous artists as Elton John and Andrea Bocelli.
The theater was destroyed only one century after the completion of construction, during the Hereli attack on Athens. At that time he lost his roof, which was never rebuilt. It remained in ruins during the Ottoman occupation, but has since undergone several reconstructions. The last large-scale reconstruction in 1953 paved the way for the opening of the theater for public concerts. They have been here again since 1957.
Over the past 50 years, the Athens Festival has been performing in the theater. Luciano Pavarotti, Frank Sinatra, and the Athens State Orchestra. Visit it in the summer if you want to attend one of the many events taking place here.