Greek Theatre of Syracuse

Syracuse, Italy

The Greek theatre of Syracuse lies on the south slopes of the Temenite hill, overlooking the modern city of Syracuse. It was first built in the 5th century BC, rebuilt in the 3rd century BC and renovated again in the Roman period. Today, it is a part of the Unesco World Heritage Site of 'Syracuse and the Rocky Necropolis of Pantalica'.

It seems that the theatre was renovated in the third century, transforming it into the form seen today. Its structure was extended, taking into account the shape of the Temenite hill and the best possibilities for acoustics. Another typical characteristic of Greek theatres is the celebration of the panoramic view, also applied to the theatre of Syracuse, offering a view of the bay of the port and the island of Ortygia.

During the Roman era, important modifications were made to the theatre, perhaps at the time when the colonia was founded in the early Augustan period. The cavea was modified to a semicircular form, typical of Roman theatres, rather than the horseshoe used in Greek theatres and corridors allowing access past the scene building (parodoi). The scene building itself was reconstructed in monumental form with rectangular niches at centre and two niches with a semicircular plan on the sides, containing doors to the scene.



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Founded: 5th century BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy


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Ognyan Ivanov (6 months ago)
Fantastic place, very inspiring! Very good maintained, still looking as it is active. Amazing building and fascinating place. Also the cave holes around are very impressive! Of course the whole Parc is fabulous! Strongly recommended!
Fabiano Vivori (8 months ago)
Beautiful place, nicely preserved and with a wonderful view between sea and theatre. Highly recommended.
Alex Petrov (9 months ago)
This is a theatre, not amphitheatre (half circle) and a good place to have a walk around. Views are spectacular.
Morgana Sythove (14 months ago)
Lovely archaeological park to stroll through. I was there in early spring when the Mimosa was blooming.
Christian Drangsholt (2 years ago)
10 euros to get in. Unless you're with a guide there is absolutely no information available. Walked around and looked at stuff not having a clue about the history behind them. Some woman handed me a leaflet for a restaurant as I walked in. I took it, thinking it was some valuable info. Just a major tourist trap. Oh well, hope the great city of Syracuse can put my money towards upgrading the exhibitions here.
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