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Ancient Theatre of Megalopolis



Destination type:

Archaeological site


The Ancient Theatre of Megalopolis is a significant archaeological site located near the town of Megalopoli in the Peloponnese region of Greece.

Construction: The theater was built during the Hellenistic period, around the 3rd century BCE. It was constructed on the slopes of a hill, taking advantage of the natural terrain.

Architectural Features: The theater follows the typical design of ancient Greek theaters, with a semi-circular orchestra (the circular area where the chorus performed) and tiered seating for spectators. It could accommodate approximately 20,000 people, making it one of the largest theaters in ancient Greece.

Architectural Significance: The theater is believed to have been designed by Polykleitos the Younger, a prominent architect of the Hellenistic period. Its design reflects the advanced architectural techniques and artistic sensibilities of the time.

Excavation and Restoration: The theater has undergone excavation and restoration efforts over the years to preserve its historical and architectural significance. Archaeologists have uncovered various artifacts and structures associated with the theater, shedding light on its use and importance in antiquity.

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