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As you proceed further down the canyon, beyond the Al Khazneh you will get to see also the amphitheatre, it says it has Roman influence but the unique in this particular one is the fact that it was built into the rock and not by bringing rocks and stones to build it.
As I dont have all my historical notes with me at the moment, this is more of a piccie tip! As you can see its beautiful, its huge and as is the rest of Petra this masterpiece is made of Sandstone too!
- Budget Travel
Walk past the Necropolis - the wadi continues to open out, giving broader vistas of the sweep of the city. To you left is the Amphitheatre - referred to as the Necropolis Amphitheatre as a result of its closeness to the Necropolis. When first excavated, it was believed to hold 3500 people. More recent excavations show that its almost triple this figure and is now estimated at 8000 people. Incredibly, the seating area (cavea) and 25 metre wide 'orchestra' is carved/hewn stright out of the rock - and there are 45 rows in the cavea... The stage area itself is an extraordinary 54 metres wide, but little of the two storey high pulpitum remains.
There is some debate about the age. Originally, it was believed to have been built by the Romans in 106 AD. But there's now a train a thought that it is 200-300 years older and built by the Nabateans themselves.
The Amphitheatre was constructed it is believed around the time of Christ. It was originally thought the Romans built it at a later date, but this has now been discounted.
It holds 8000 people, and includes store rooms under the stage plus a slot where curtains could be lowered at the beginning of a performance.
- Historical Travel
This amphitheatre was constructed in the 1st Century and it could seat 3000 people. The Romans enlarged it to seat 7000 spectators. The theater is cut out of solid rock, and badly deteriorated. Concerts are still sometimes (not often) held at this location despite its run down state.
- Theater Travel
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