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Theatre of Dionysus

The site was used as a theatre since the sixth century BC. The existing structure dates back to the fourth century BC but had many other later remodellings.

Dedicated to Dionysus, the god of plays and wine (among other things), the theatre could seat as many as 17,000 people with excellent acoustics, making it an ideal location for ancient Athens' biggest theatrical celebration, the Dionysia. It was the first stone theatre ever built, cut into the southern cliff face of the Acropolis, and supposedly birthplace of Greek tragedy.

The large new Acropolis Museum is visible beyond the theatre.