Theatre of Dionysus in Athens
World’s First Theatre
Rated 4.3/5 (based on 27 reviews )
About Theatre of Dionysus in Athens
The theatre of Dionysus is considered to be the world’s first theatre. As the name goes, the theatre itself is dedicated to the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine. The theatre was built around 6th century BC and renovated in the 4th century BC to accommodate a total of 17000 spectators. The theatre underwent modernization under Roman rule and had been a centre of drama and festivals.
The theatre has seen the development of Greek theatre and drama through its early years and is witness to an important aspect of Greek cultural history. The theatre had always been going through constant renovations and upgrades throughout history under different rulers. From replacing the original wood with stone to the use of marble, stone carvings, the building of a new stage, adding marble thrones to the periphery and the constant addition of sections for seating as well as new stages have all been incorporated into the theatre throughout the years. Currently, the theatre has been partially restored by the government which had been entirely destroyed during the Byzantine period.
The theatre of Dionysus was used as a venue to host festivals, drama competitions and enactments all the same and was an important centre of Greek culture and theatre. There was even a statue of God Dionysus placed so that the deity himself could watch the performances and sacrifices that were being offered. Originally built as a part of the temple precinct and of the 9 identified building phases, what remains today is mainly from the Roman era and the oldest parts being the stone seats which were added in 330 B.C. and could accommodate up to 17000 people. Today all that remains are the 20 sections used for seating by commoners, elected rulers and the priests. Built on the southern slope of the Acropolis in a natural hallow, the theatre has borne witness to great Greek tragedy plays and works of some of the most famous playwrights of ancient Greece.
- View All
Unlimited Choices. Trusted Agents. Best Prices. Happy Memories.
Places To Visit In Athens
Let the experts guide you to the best of this mesmerizing destinationView All
Parthenon Temple In Athens
The Parthenon is the crown jewel of the Acropolis of Athens and a testament to the prosperity of ancient Athens. Dedicated to Goddess Athena after whom the city is named, Parthenon has been the centre of the history of this city and has seen countless battles and owners staking claim to this magnificent monument built on to...
Temple Of Olympian Zeus
The temple of Olympian Zeus is a colossal temple right at the centre of Athens dedicated to Zeus, the king of Olympian gods in Greek mythology. The temple was commissioned by Peisistratus in the 6th century BC, but the construction was halted due to lack of funds. The temple saw multiple starts and pauses by various rulers ...
Erechteion Temple In Athens
The Erechtheion temple is an ancient Greek temple in the ancient Citadel of Acropolis built during the 5th century BC dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon. The Erechtheion temple was commissioned by Pericles during the golden age of the city of Athens after the Persians were defeated. The temple was designed to house the w...
Temple of Hephaestus In Athens
The temple of Hephaestus earlier known as Theseion is a temple dedicated to Hephaestus, the god of fire, sculptors, metallurgy, blacksmith, craftsmen and everything encompassing creation and art in Greek mythology. The temple was earlier attributed to Athenian hero Theseus, but later the inscriptions in the temple confirmed...
Odeon Of Herodes Atticus In Athens
Built at the base of the Acropolis, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is a hub of theatre experience in Athens. The fully restored site has a sitting capacity of 5000 people and has been hosting theatrical performances, musical concerts, orchestra performances and even operas. The open-air theatre has captivated the modern popul...
Things To Do In Athens
Your list of the best things to do, compiled on the basis of actual traveler experiencesView All
Nightlife In Athens
The city of Athens is known for its lively nights and not even the Greek economic crisis was able to stop people from turning up at the bouzouki live music halls. Athens Nightlife is something that holds immense importance for the local people as was evident from the 1994 protests against the ‘early’ closure of bars and nig...
- Leisure Time
Theatre Of Dionysus
The theatre of Dionysus is considered to be the world’s first theatre. As the name goes, the theatre itself is dedicated to the Greek god Dionysus, the god of wine. The theatre was built around 6th century BC and renovated in the 4th century BC to accommodate a total of 17000 spectators. The theatre underwent modernization ...
The Agora In Athens
Agora in Greek stands for the marketplace or a meeting place. The Agora in ancient Greek city-states was central public space that was the soul of the city-state. The general populace mingled and interacted in the Agora while the statesmen met for policy making. Vendors put up stalls and artists performed for the crowd. The...
Skydive In Athens
Athens is a popular tourist destination because of its extensive history and significance in European culture and mythology. For a long time, tourist have been coming to Athens to take in a bit of human history and the magnificence of its historic structures. Athens has grown to cater to all possible needs of the modern day...
Our experts would love to create a package just for you!
Fill in your requirements here >
Fastest Growing Holiday Marketplace
Easy, Secure & Reliable
Read on to find out why our customers love us!
Trip to GreeceThis holiday was planned in a very short span of time. Special thanks to Rohit and Prashant in helping us out get the best deals throughout the trip. They were always available on call and whatsapp even during the entire duration of the trip. I am sure even if I had self planned the trip it couldn’t have been better than this. Greece is a beautiful country and there are plenty things to explore. We had a mix of adventure, history and romantic destinations on our itinerary. In all it was a good trip. Athens to Mykonos cruise trip.
Trip to GreeceThe entire trip was very well organized. Garima helped us throughout the process - customizing our itinerary, suggesting places to visit, booking tickets as per our request, and providing assistance in the Visa process. She even helped us with our queries when we were in Greece. The hotels booked for us were simply superb. The hotel staff at Athens was not too friendly though. The sightseeing tours that were booked for us were very nice and hassle free. We faced no issues with pick up/drop, except for the pickup at Santorini but that too was because our ferry reached late, and it was handled well by the Destination Services staff. The itinerary had a perfect balance of activities and leisure time. We enjoyed the trip a lot. Kuods to Garima and Eji Travel Solutions for organizing such a nice and memorable trip for us! Thank you!!
Trip to GreeceExcellent service!!! The trip was well organized. Did not face a aingle problem throughout the trip. Overall extremely satisfied...thanks again!!
Trip to EuropeMy wife and I booked our honeymoon to Greece via Nirvana Excursions. All the arrangements they made were excellent. The entire trip went on really well. Thanks and Kudos to Aamir and Ankit from the Nirvana team! Will definitely recommend Nirvana Excursions for any trip bookings!
Trip to EuropeThe arrangements at greece was good , especially Ankit rai of nirvana excursions was quite helpful in sorting out any issues arisen in greece like last minute changes in flight or hotel or tour .
Trip to GreeceIt was a well planned tour with good locations given for hotels and travelling to tour start points however in Salzburg information was not given by local Salzburg card provider which lead to inability to explore the city, but travel triangle team did a good job Easy to reach pick drop points no hidden costs
Trip to GreeceTrip planning done by HubHoliday Agent was good. Everytime there was someone who was there to respond to our doubts and support us. we were able to cover most of the places. overall good experience New architechture, beautiful viewpoints and ancient mesmerising architechture
Trip to GreecePrashanth from hubholidays was absolutely brilliant and took great care in organizing the trip across 2 countries and 6 cities within 2 weeks without any issues. Thank you so much for making our trip memorable. Will definitely highly recommend hubholidays for Europe trips especially for travelers who like to customize itinerary and want to make sure there are no hidden surprises cost wise.. Everything.. History of Athens.. To sunset of Santoroni.. To beaches of Mykonos.. To beautiful Venice.. To magnificent Florence.. To eternal city Rome.. Trip of a lifetime...
Trip to GreeceHad an immensely enjoyable UK tour curated to our tastes by Arpita and team. Right from when we landed in London to when we boarded our plane back to India, we had no hassles anywhere. Arpita was thoughtful enough to suggest hotels close to the hub or located close to a Train station at a very reasonable price. The itinerary that was first offered to us covered most of the places we had in mind and they were happy to add any alterations that we asked for. The guided tours organized for us were all very professional & entertaining and the guides had profound knowledge about the places. A bustling London, a very quiet and scenic Windermere, a very historic Edinburgh with its creepily exciting stories. Couldn't have asked for more !!! Travel triangle helped us a lot in getting many agents to meet our requirements. Also thanks to Shilpa Verdan from TT.
Trip to GreeceOverall the trip went fine. But I must mention the following: No whatsapp number given by travel masterz due to which we faced difficulty in contacting them. All foreign agents provided us with their whatsapp number as soon as they met us. Hotel bookings made for incorrect dates which resulted in an incorrect invitation letter from greece agent and thereby we faced issue at the vfs centre. After payment confirmation from our side for the package, we had to follow up with the agent Shalini at every stage till the date of departure. I believe that a small request of rescheduling a ticket from dubai to delhi was not taken seriously. After confirming that the flight can be reschrduled, we were told at the last minute that it can be done by the customer itself. We loved the places Athens, Mykonos and definitely the heart Santorini. All foreign agents were wholly supportive and helpful and punctual all the time.
Want best packages handpicked just for you?
Fill the form and get a callback from our holiday experts
FAQ's of Athens
Read on to find out why our customers love us!
Yes, one can click pictures of the site.
The theatre complex was destroyed during the Byzantine period, and the theatre fell into disuse and decayed ever since.
The site was rediscovered, and major restorations were done under archaeologist Wilhelm Dorpfeld.
How It Works
Personalise This Package
Make changes as per your travel plan & submit the request.
Get Multiple Quotes
Connect with top 3 agents, compare quotes & customize further.
Book The Best Deal
Pay in easy installments & get ready to enjoy your holiday.
Holiday Triangle Travel Private Limited
Address: Plot No - 29 , 3rd & 4th Floor,
Dynamic House, Maruti Industrial Complex, Sector 18,
Landline: 1800 123 5555
Connect with us on :
All rights reserved © 2019