woensdag 2 januari 2013

The Odeon of Herodus Atticus

Besides the card itself I was also extremely glad to see this great amount of very nice stamps put on it! The above 0,03 cent stamps is issued in 2011 part of the Destination Greece series. The 0,03 cents stamp in the middle shows an Octopus vulgaris and is part of a 2012 issue Treasures, riches of the sea. The above right stamp with 0,10 cents value I couldn't find any info on and the paper boat stamp (no visible value) issued in 2010 is part of a Greek Islands series. -update: the paper boat stamp has a value of 0.62 cents.

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens: Built at the base of the Acropolis, the ancient amphitheatre of Herodeion, also known as the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, is today one of the best places to experience a live classical theatre performance. This ancient theater was built in the Roman times, in about 161 A.D. by the Roman philosopher, teacher and politician Herodes Atticus. It was built in the memory of his wife Aspasia Regilla who died in 160 AD.

This semi-circular amphitheater has a wide 1,250 feet radius with a seating capacity of more than 6,000 people. The original wall of the stage stood three storeys high and was decorated with marbles and ceramic pieces while today it stands in ruins. The stage and seating area was laid with marble while it has been renovated today. A cedar-wooden roof covered the theatre in the ancient times.

In the 1950s, a renovation took place helping us to visit and get a taste of this architectural treasure. Today you can attend the Athens Art Festival, musical concerts and classical tragedies under the night sky with a marvelous acoustic experience. All events are held from May to early October since the theatre is open. The Herodeion Theatre stands on Dionysiou Areopagitou Pedestrian Street, right under the Acropolis.
[source: greeka.com]

Thank you very much Milda!

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