The Theatre was carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice during the reign of King Aretas IV (9BC-40AD). It consists of three rows of seats separated by passageways and seven stairways ascend the auditorium and can accommodate 4000 spectators. The back wall of the stage was rebuilt by the Romans.
Petra's theater is cut out of solid rock, and badly deteriorated. The front of the theater, including most of the stage was badly damaged by floods.
The Theater Square lies beyond the Street of Facades. The next main monument as you pass along the road into the heart of the city of Petra is the Theater up ahead on the left.
Some of the facades are badly damaged, and flood deposits have filled many of them with mud.
Some of the canyon walls are lined with dozens of smaller tombs for the not-so-rich.
Across from the Street of Facades are tombs high on the mountain. You can scramble up the mountain at a place across from the stairs up to the High Place.
You can watch my 2 min 35 sec HD Video Jordan Petra part 6 out of my Youtube channel.
Petra's theater was built by the Nabataeans in the I century BC. It had a capacity for 4,000 people. When Romans conquered the city, the theater was enlarged and its capacity reached 7,000 people. An earthquake damaged it in the IV century AD.
In the first century BC, the Nabataeans carved a 3000 seater theater out of the red sandstone. After the Romans took over the city, they carved out even more seats, leaving today a vast 7000 capacity theater of pure stone. Opposite the theater are some beautiful little carved caves that you can easily climb up to for great views.
Immediately beyond the street of facades is the ancient theatre that one seated over 5000 people. Erosion damaged the steps but the vibe is cool and you can imagine what the site must have looked like thousands of years ago. You can access both sides of the theatre by going up narrow passageways. The theatre was supposed to date from the Roman period but archaeologists now believe it dates from the 1st century. Great place.
The small theatre is right at the end of the Street of Facades , before you come to the large open area leading to the Roman ruins.
It is a typical amphitheatre with rows of step/seats in a semi circle. there are underground passages where the actors could change and move from one place to another.
Walking to the left from the Kazneh to the Roman city, this is the first major monument you will see on your right.
It has been carved in the rock by the Nabataneans themselves at the beginning of the Christian time and was ready to welcome 3000 spectators. The Romans enlarged it later by demolishing a few tombs in the cliffs…
The picture has been taken from the stairs on the way to Djebel Al-Khubta.
As you're walking from the Treasury to the city centre of Petra, on your left side will be the Theatre. You can't miss it, and if you do, might I suggest a visit to the optomitrist?
It is a very old theatre, and after having seen so many theatres previously on my journey from Istanbul to Amman, I found it really unimpressive. The Australian fellow I was travelling with at the time called it 'ruined out', I think an appropriate name, except that the rest of Petra I found fascinating. Either way, I did here what I didn't do at any of the other theatres, I stood at the bottom and made an ass of myslelf and started to sing. I did it to test how well sound travels in these theatres, well people near the top turned their heads to look at me, so mission accomplished! It made it all worthwhile.
Like the rest, the Theatre is excavated out of the mountain. When we get there we founded coreans singing, making a little modern songs concert. I don’t know really if the where coreans or of other country near, but what I can tell is that the sound in the Theatre is fantastic, so … good work. Romans make it bigger. Just sit down for a while and if no one come to sing, do it your self, perhaps someone will clap you.
A few meters from the Street of Facades sits the theatre of Petra. It was able to accommodate as many as 8500 people. The basic desigh is hellenistic, and besides the stage and the ends of the banks of seating, the rest was carved out of the mountainside.
The Theatre, which is just a short walk from Al-Khazneh, was originally built by the Nabataeans in the first century A.D. It was expanded upon by the Romans in 106 A.D. during their occupation of the region. After the Romans were through, the Theatre could seat over 7,000 spectators. It is quite a fascinating monument with the way it seems to emerge from the rock.
The theater looks Roman but it has been built by Nabaeteans in the first century. At the beginning it could seat 3000 people but later it was extended and at the end it could seat 7000 spectators.
This theater is not better or worser then other Roman theaters, but it is very important because it shows the cultural site of Nabatean city.
On the left side you come across the theatre, completely excavated from the rock in the first century A.D., with 33 lines of seats for about 3.000 people. Very impressive too.
The ancient city of Petra is spread over a vast area. It is recommended to spend at least two days exploring the site. I found that enough and not too much. In July 02 a two-day ticket was 13,5 JD.