Do you want to watch a show in the oldest theatre in the world? Then this is the pace to go to. The Odeon of Herodes Atticus is perched on the side of the ancient Acropolis in Athens. It was built in 161, and was eventually renovated in 1950. Its not quite as old as its neighbour, the Theatre of Dionysus which has been around since the 4 century BCE.
The theatre is still open for shows, (you can buy tickets here).
This is one of those photos that I am really happy with – it made the high up a mountain in the dark at night worth it – ok it was a walk on a path up a hill, but it was at night and it was pitch dark! I would so love to get that same shot without the cranes and scaffolding, but it think it will be a few years before that is at all possible!
To get this picture, I had to climb to the top of Philopappos hill in the middle of the night. Philopappos Hill is basically a wooded nature reserve with lovely windy paths, which meander to Philopappos Monument, from which you have this amazing view of the Acropolis.
But it is pitch dark at night, so it was with great effort that I carried myself, my camera, lenses and a tripod to the top of the hill. Did I mention that the street dogs in Athens sleep on the hill at night? I was constantly being barked at by dogs that I couldn’t see in the dark!
I think it was worth it though; I love the view from here. You can see the Parthenon on the right, with the Propylaea on the left (basically the entrance or gateway to the Acropolis complex).
In my next post I will show you the Philopappos Monument.