The Panathinaikon Stadium, also known as the Kallimarmaro is the athletic stadium in Athens that hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. The Panathinaikon Stadium is the only major stadium in the world built entirely of white marble and one of the oldest stadiums in the world.
The Panathenaikon Stadium has a long and interesting history that spans throughout the centuries. In ancient times, it was used to host the athletic portion of the Panathenaic Games, in honour of Goddess Athena.
In more recent years, the stadium has been often used to honour the homecoming of victorious Greek athletes in the Olympic Games and for the opening ceremonies of great International athletic events. In the 2004 Olympic Games, the Panathinaikon Stadium hosted the archery competition, and the finish of the Marathon Race. Sometimes performances are held here as well.