Amphitheater Side

Amphitheater in Side, Side Theater
Turkey, Side
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Amphitheater Side

Amphitheater in Side, Side Theater
Turkey, Side
Behind the agora in Side rises a theater with impressive arched vaults, built in the 2nd century BC. BC e. In the construction of the theater there are elements of difference from other theaters. It was not built on a mountainside, as the Hellenes did, but in the Roman style - on a flat area.
Seats for spectators are held on vaulted arches, the arches themselves are on the foundation. There are corridors under the arches. 29 rows accommodated 16,000 spectators. In those days, the stage and vaults were decorated with statues and tiles. Today, only the masks of Tragedy and Comedy, the chipped heads of Medusa, scattered around the stage, remain from the theater.
In the late Roman period, the amphitheater was used for gladiator fights. A 1.5 m high wall was built around the stage to protect the audience during the spectacles of fighting wild animals. In the 5th-6th centuries, the theater served as an open-air church.
Many statues were found here, which have been in museums since 1964. Many of the monuments discovered here and dating back to the 6th century AD are located in Rome. Climbing up to the upper benches, you can observe the panorama of Side and the view of the sea.

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All reviews (6)
Traveled 5 years ago
Rating 9
We really enjoyed! The weather was bad, and we went to Side (if by bus, I recommend paying in lira). The passage is paid, 30 lire (there is a good exchange office nearby). But it's worth it! I was able to capture an excellent panorama of the Mediterranean Sea. We really enjoyed!
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Traveled 6 years ago
Rating 10
In the morning there were a lot of clouds that covered the sun. We decided with our son to walk through the ancient places of Side. In particular, look at the amphitheater. In 2015, we were in the amphitheater of the ancient city of Phaselis. My wife and I were in Rome in 2016 and visited the Colosseum. So I really wanted to see and compare. We reached the amphitheater quickly. It's impossible to get lost. Entrance to the amphitheater is paid. I have seen this on the Internet in the reviews of tourists.
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Traveled 9 years ago
Rating 10
For those who honor history. Everything breathes the ancient world, the events of that time. On the one hand, it is good and right that this place is not empty, but is always filled with people, that events and holidays are held here. On the other hand, I want the place to remain untouched, so that everything here remains the same as it was many centuries ago.
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Traveled 9 years ago
Rating 9
Incredible! A well-preserved landmark and it is pleasant that contemporaries carefully watch it. Events are regularly organized here. I was also impressed by the amazing acoustics of this place. This is just a huge amphitheater, which was designed for 10 thousand people. Human. Be sure to visit, especially since getting to it is very easy. Entrance - 15 lira.
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Traveled 10 years ago
Rating 9
The theater itself is huge and very well maintained. The number of people does not in the least interfere with impressions, but only enhances them. You will not be able to miss it when you go to the city center.
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