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Amphitheatre

The amphitheatre, nestled on a hillside Gektepe, was built in the IV century BC when Mausole and had a capacity of about 13 thousand spectators. In 1973, after conducting on-site archaeological excavations of the amphitheatre, it was turned into a Museum under the open sky. Recently, the company Turkcell and Ericsson have completed a large joint project of the restoration of this unique structure, initiated in 2000 under the direction of the Museum of underwater archaeology of Bodrum. Previous restoration work 1976-1985, was stopped due to termination of project funding.

Most visible to visitors with a sign of a new stage of the restoration was the entrance to the tunnel, which was discovered in the course of previous works, but not been entirely discovered and studied so far. It is expected that this tunnel leads to an ancient tomb.