Segesta Greek Theatre

Calatafimi-Segesta, Italy

Built in the 3rd century BCE in the Hellenistic period but under Roman domination, the Segesta Greek Theatre comprises a perfect, vast semicircle 63 metres in diameter situated on a rocky slope: the steps face towards the hills behind which, to the right, the gulf of Castellammare can be discerned. Every year, in summer, the theatre comes to life and fills with spectators ready to enjoy, in a timeless moment, the tragedies and plays which fascinated ancient peoples.

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Founded: 3rd century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Italy

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Uldis Pētersons (2 months ago)
Beautiful place! And coliseum ❤️
Lauri Lankots (2 months ago)
Beautiful landscape and amazing piece of history!
Angelica Famila (3 months ago)
The Segesta theatre, nestling in the side of Mt. Barbaro, today commands a spectacular view of the Gulf of Castellamare. First built in the late 4th to early 3rd century BCE, the theatre as it is seen today dates to the 2nd century BCE. Originally it had 29 rows of seats (the lower 21 survive) divided vertically into seven sections (kerkides) by access steps. The capacity would, therefore, have been around 4,000 spectators. The theatre is supported by a containing wall (analemmata) constructed of limestone blocks. The orchestra, scene building (once decorated with scenes connected to the pastoral god Pan), and entrances (paradoi) on either side have been lost. The theatre continues to host theatre events and Greek dramas throughout the summer months.
Ksenia Markainesk (6 months ago)
Wonderfull place to visit. Views are breathtaking, you might wanna plan a bit of more time to stay up there. There is a bus at a reasonable price to get you there or you can hike, what is super nice.
Max Iljin (7 months ago)
Amazing place by itself. Still I cannot understand why signs, railings are not being repaired or renewed.... Italy...
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