Grand Theatre, Ephesus
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.
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.
This is the Amphitheatre of Ephesus. It's still in working condition, able to hold up to 25,000 people. Supposedly this is the amphitheater where the Apostle Paul was to have a showdown with the silversmith who made Diana idols, but was imprisoned at the top of a hill instead. The prison can be see nearby.
Walk to the top of tribune and feel the magic of architecture and art. Theatre was one of biggest examples in its era. Today concerts and shows are under discussion because of possible damages.
I adore ancient art always and Ephesians might be very lucky because of such a place like theatre.
Actually there are two entrances to the site, and as we figured out lately, we entered thru the place which serves as exit to the majority of tourist groups, however it makes absolutely no difference, which entrance to take...
In our route we started from the theatre. It's a huge construction and as I mentioned in the intro it seated about 25 th people at once which makes it one of the few biggest if not the biggest ancient theatres. Condition is really good adding to the overall impressions more vividness of ancient times....
This theatre, which had a seating capacity of 25,000 was first constructed during the Hellenistic period, although the present structure dates from the 1-2nd centuries AD. The Roman Theatre was begun during the reign of Claudius (34-41 A.D.), and it took 60 years to build. The second and third storeys of the skene (25x40 m) were constructed during the reigns of the emperors Nero (54-68 A.D.) and Septimus Severus ( 193-211 AD.). Only parts of the skene now date from the Hellenistic period. 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 façade 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, 2.70 metres in height, which was approached by flights of steps. This section of the skene was used during the Roman period.
This is a photo of the grand theatre and Sammy the guide. If you ever see this Sammy, thank you for a fantastic tour, but swot up on your English, your crap hahahahahahaha
The Ephessos theater was mentioned in the Bible, Act19.
It was built to receive around 24,000 spectators. In addition to the various plays, this was where meetings, open to the public, were held..