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Go ahead with my "oldie"s.

Also this is a capture I'd made 40 years ago in predigital times in Athens .

The Theatre of Dionysus (or Theatre of Dionysos, gr: Θέατρο του Διονύσου) is an ancient theatre in Athens on the south slope of the Akropolis hill, built as part of the sanctuary of Dionysos Eleuthereus (Dionysus the Liberator).

As the most important sacred site in Athens, the Acropolis was a gathering place for all sorts of rituals during ancient times. The south slope has actually been occupied by three different theaters, only one of which is open for performances today. That is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, known by locals as the Herodeon. It was built during the Roman era, between 160 and 174 AD and had completely disappeared under earth and rubble within a few hundred years. Rediscoverd in the mid 19th century, it was restored in several phases throughout the late 19th to the mid 20th century.
Even before its most recent restoration, it was used for music and drama festivals through world wars and civil wars. It became the home of the newly formed Greek National Opera in the late 1940s and a young Maria Callas performed there. In 1950s it was totally restored and reconstructed.
Two other theaters are nearby. The 2,500 year old Ancient Theatre of Dionysus is an archaeological site that you can visit as part of a visit to the Acropolis. It is considered to be the home of European theater and once hosted the premiers of works by Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes. No performances are currently held there but restoration plans for the 15,000 seat theater have been underway for some time. Even older, The even older Odeon of Pericles, on a corner of the Theatre of Dionysys, is believed to have been the world's first roofed theater. It is an archaeological site and today only exists as a virtual reality model created by scientists at the Warwick University.

The tiers of seats are steep so heels are not permitted. Some accessible seats are available on the lower tiers, with ramp access, and wheelchair users can be driven to the square in front of the theater.

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