Grand Theatre, Ephesus
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 has been unearted year by year continuously. The last building alterations were done in 98 - 117 A.D The teatre had a capacity of 25,000 spectators with 22 flights of stairs, each set by three circular rows. The theatre has a diametre of 50m.
Most of the stone stair seats were carried away to be used in other constructions.
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!
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
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.
The Grand Theatre is one of the most spectacular monuments in Ephesus. It is dramatically set against the slopes of Mt. Pion. Apparently it took sixty years to excavate and then construct the theatre. When completed it could seat 25,000 people. The theatre was originally built during Hellenistic times but had been restored, rebuilt and expanded many times since most notably during the Roman reign of Claudius. Supposedly St. Paul gave a sermon from the proscenium. I recommend that you climb to the top of the theatre and take in the marvelous views of Ephesus that can be seen from here.
Built mostly under the Roman emperors Claudius (first century AD) and Trajanus (second century), this theater could seat 25,000. This was the scene of the dramatic confrontation between St Paul and the followers of Artemis. Archeologists continue to unearth parts of it.
The sound is phenomenal; I was standing near the top row of seats, when a Christian choir began singing. It sounded like they were just a few feet away. They just don't build them like this any more.
The biggest construction remaining in Ephesus, and the most impressive after the Library is the great theatre.
Built under Greek influence, it was enlarged and transformed by the Romans, an, despite the effects of time and earthquakes, it still impresses by its size and wise conception, integrated in the hills.
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.
Get there early. If you arrive at 8 am you can have the whole theatre to yourself to conjure up all kinds of imagination of plays of past, of gladiators and wrestlers of past. Imagine how magnificant this building may have been at one time.
P.S. This theatre is mentioned in Acts 19:29-41
*Check out my short video that displays a little bit of Ephesus. It is of 1 star quality and content however.
At an estimated 44,000 seating capacity, it is believed to be the largest outdoor theater in the ancient world. It is still used nowadays for concerts in summer. World famous performers including the late Luciano Pavarotti have performed in this Theater.
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.
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.
built for an audience of 25000 persons.
unfortunately some stepped row of seats have been restored with concrete!
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