The Odeon of Herodes Atticus stone theater structure, located on the southwest slope of the Acropolis of Athens, is at the top of a list of the world’s most spectacular theaters published by the online newspaper of The Telegraph.
The Telegraph’s list includes the world’s most important theaters that stand out due to their location, their architecture and their history.
“Situated on the southwest slope of the Acropolis Hill, Athens, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, completed in 174AD, originally had a wooden roof and a capacity of 5,000. The seating and stage was restored in the 1950s, since when it has hosted concerts by singers ranging from Maria Callas to Elton John.” – The Telegraph
South slope of the Acropolis
The south slope of the Acropolis played a significant role in the artistic, intellectual and religious activity of ancient Athens. It was here, in the sunniest side of the hill, the Athenians established the principal shrine of Dionysus in Attica and most importantly the theater where the ancient Greek drama was born.
The world’s most spectacular theaters
1) The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Greece
2) The Seebühne, Austria
3) Gran Teatro La Fenice, Italy
4) Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark
5) Fox Theatre, USA
6) Guangzhou Opera House, China
7) Minack Theatre, England
8) Winter Garden and Elgin Theatre, Canada
9) Oslo Opera House, Norway
10) Wuxi Grand Theatre, China
11) Boston Opera House, USA
12) Walt Disney Concert Hall, USA