The theatre, which was built in the ancient city of Laodicea in the southwestern province of Denizli, Turkey 2,200 years ago, will host spectators in a series of cultural events. In the summer after the restoration work. The ancient theatre of Laodicea, one of Anatolia’s leading cultural attractions, will be the centre of events again after a hiatus of 1,600 years.
Celal Simsek, head of excavations in the ancient city, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that they are trying to revive the theatre with a capacity of 15,000 people while preserving its authenticity within the scope of the restoration project. The old city has been restored in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Pamukkale University since 2003. The theatre department started in 2016.
Referring to disturbances in their work from time to time due to coronavirus pandemic measures, imsek said, “The theatre, which was built in the second century BC, underwent restoration after an earthquake in the third century. Of limestone. While we were working, we noticed that most of the marble stairs in the lower seating area were broken. ”
Simsek stated that they completed the stage with properly cut ancient rubble stones. He pointed out that the upper seating section needs a little restoration, and added that they will continue their work in this part with the stones that were brought from the limestone quarries that they analysed.
The excavation team believes that the Hellenistic period theatre, the two largest in the city, will attract visitors’ attention due to its impressive structure. “We aim to complete the restoration in May. We hope to open the theatre in July or August. The world will witness the revival of a 2,200-year-old theatre here. We plan to crown the opening of this historic place with a beautiful artistic event,” said imsek.
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