Grand Theatre, Ephesus
Almost at the end and before reaching the exit of the entire Ephesus walking trail, this massive "arena" powerfully standout.
The Great Theatre, part of the archaeological site of Ephesus, is a dramatic spectacle to behold. 30m-high (100-ft.) theater required 60 years of digging to clear out a space large enough to accommodate 25,000 people, which was only one-tenth of the city's population.
In the 1st century AD, the Apostle Paul delivered a sermon condemning pagan worship in this theater.
When you sit at the very top of the grand theatre, close your eyes and block out Ephesus as it is today. Imagine what it would have been like to sit there thousands of years ago, and see what those people saw.
Its very steep, and probably one of the most visited parts of Ephesus, its a steep walk to the top but worth it for the peace and the views.
The theatre built on the slopes of Mount Panayir was constructed during the reign of Lysimachos and later it was altered many times. Like all the other ancient theatres, the theatre consisted of three main section: the skene (stage building) , the orchestra ( place of action for the actors) and the cavea (auditorium) where the audience sat. The skene which was approximately 18 meters high, was the most imposing section of the Theatre. The facade of the structure which faced audience was three-tiered and had columns. There were statues in niches behind the columns and niches had either triangular or semi-circular frontals.
The auditorium still used today for seating the public during the performances in the theatre, is arranged in three large semi-circles broken-up by eleven wedges of steps separated by entrance staircases. The original theatre could seat about 24.000; the auditorium originally rose for at least 30 meters over the orchestra and was crowned at the summit by a porticoed structure which had the function of further improving the acoustics in the complex. The theatrical productions in the classical period were performed by male actors who wore masks on their faces. These and other elements related to the social life in Ephesus during its period of greatest splendour have been inferred from the frescoes decorating several walls of the so-called Houses on the slope.
This is me at the grand theatre sporting bright yellow shorts hahahahahahahaha, if i were here in this spot when the Romans were here, they would have thrown me to the lions hahahahahahaha
Here is another amazing fact about the grand theatre, they actually had a primative form of loud speakers in those days, yes its true. They were made of bronze and ceramics and located in various places in the theatre which made the acoustics of the theatre near perfect
This would have to be my most impressive place in Ephesus, the sheer size of the place makes your jaw drop to the ground. I beleive sting, and Elton John love this place too because they have performed concerts from this theatre. Now fully restored it has a seating capacity of 24,000 people. Work on this historic landmark began in the 3rd century B.C.
Here are some of the dimentions of the great theatre
The great theatre is 145 meters wide and the auditorium (Kevea) is 30 meters high. The three story stage (proskenium) is 18 meters high, it has 65 seating rows and 2 passage ways seperated into three. The entrance and exits was attained through the tunnel like monumentle entrances on the sides which were called (vomitorium)
Another feature that has to be seen is the Ephesus theater which was built on the slopes of Mount Panayir in the 3rd century BC The theater has 3 sections: the auditorium where the audience sat, the orchestra which is the place for actors and the stage building. This ancient theater is still used for public performances even today. There are 3 huge semi-circles broken up by 11 wedges of stairs. The original theater could hold 24,000 people.
make sure, you will not miss the big amphitheater, where now big concerts are given again by popstars of today on several occasions every year
This pic was taken from the stage, and may see the dimensions of this huge theatre, beeing able to seat some thousands of people.
Sorry for the bad quality of the photo - it is a scanning of my Super-8-film, that is actually a slide with a size of just 4mmx8mm
The larger theatre of Ephesus was built to hold almost 24.000 spectators. It is been set against the slopes of Mount Panayir during the reign of Emperor Lysimachos. Many alterations have been made to the theatre over the years and it is still in use today for performances.
Before you reached the Theater in this picture near the parking you walk through a Stadium.
The 1st century AD Stadium had a track 712 feet long in front which the chariot and horse races were held. Gladiators fought wild beasts here, also, in front of the 70,000 spectators.
The 25,000 seat theater pictured here, is a huge semicircle with mt. Pion in the background. The begining of the construction on the Theater was by Alexander's general Lysimachus and completed by emperors Claudius and Trajan. In May there are numerous performances here at the theater. It is Selcuk Epheses Festival of Culture and Art
The Grand Theatre was originally constructed during the Hellenistic period. The present structure, however dates back to the first century A.D. and was built by the Romans. This place can accommodate up to 25,000 people!
The Grand Theatre was built in the 3rd century BC with the capacity of 24,000 spectators, which makes it the largest theatre in Turkey. During the Hellenistic period, animal fights and gladiator games were held. The stage had 3 storeys including the ground floor which is now well-preserved. The audience section is 38 m high and 158m in the diameter.
Many concerts are held every summer in the Ephesus Amphiteheater within the framework of international festivals and organizations of various sorts. Do not miss the concerts where you will enjoy the antique city`s fascinating atmosphere...
the concerts that have been held up to now:
Jose Carreras, Sting, Elthon John, Jehtro Tull, Jan Garbarek etc...
The Theatre has three cavea, each 22 rows, to which access was obtained via flights of steps between the cavea. The skene is 18 m. in height and the inner fa?ade was ornamented with reliefs, columns, blind niches, windows and decorated with statues on three levels.
The ampitheatre has three cavea, each 22 rows, to which access was obtained via flights of steps between the cavea. The skene is 18m. in height and the inner facade was ornamented with reliefs, columns, blind niches, windows and decorated with statues on three levels. The semicircular orchestra, surrounded by a channel, fronted a second skene supported on columns, 2.7m in height, which was approached by flights of steps. This section of the skene was used during the Roman period.