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Ancient theatre: photos, description (Teatro Greco Romano)

The ancient theatre of Taormina was built by the ancient Greeks around the 3rd century BC, It is the second largest in all of Sicily after the theatre at Syracuse - its diameter is 120 meters! In addition, it is one of the best preserved ancient ruins on the island.

According to legend, for the erection of the theatre, the builders had to bulldoze an entire mountain, carrying approximately 100 thousand cubic meters of limestone. The theater itself is built of brick. The seats, which could accommodate up to 10 thousand people, facing South-East towards the Ionian sea. Unfortunately, a large part of the seats have not survived to the present day. However, you can still see the wall surrounding kawau theatre, and the proscenium with the back wall of the main stage and official extensions. From the decorations left only fragments, which, however, suggests that the theater was decorated with Corinthian columns and rich ornamentation. Reached our days, and in some parts of the nearby temple which was later converted into the Church of San Pancrazio.

In the 1st century ad, when the power in Sicily was in the hands of the Romans, the theatre was substantially rebuilt and reconfigured to accommodate the favorite sights of inhabitants of the Roman Empire - a bloody gladiatorial combat. Great acoustics, once allowed to hear the voices of the actors, even in the last rows, now intensified several times cries of the defeated Gladiator and excited spectators.

Only in the 19th century the ancient Greek theatre, it was decided to restore by the way, was attended by Russian architect Maximilian Messmacher and Kossov, who performed the facades. Today, this popular tourist attraction is also a symbol of Taormina. Here are regularly held various cultural and artistic events, in particular international arts festival "Taormina arte".