Greek Theatre of Ohrid

Ohrid, North Macedonia

The Ancient theatre of Ohrid from the Hellenistic period was built in 200 BC and is the only Hellenistic-type theatre in the North Macedonia. It is unclear how many people the original theater used to seat, as only the lower section still exists. The open theater has a perfect location: the two hills that surround it keep it protected from winds that could interfere with acoustics during performances.

During Roman times, the theater was also used for gladiator fights. However, since the theater was also a site of executions of Christians by the Romans, it rapidly turned to a highly disliked site by the locals. In fact, as a result of this dislike, the theater was abandoned and buried by the locals after the demise of the Roman Empire. This allowed for most of the structure to be well preserved, only to be uncovered accidentally in the 1980s. Namely, during construction work around some of the houses in the area, large stone blocks with carvings of the Greek god Dyonisius and the muses were showing up, which led archaeologists to believe that a Greek theater (Dionysus and the muses were related to the performance arts) must have been located nearby.

Since the late 1980s, the theater is again a site of public performances, such as plays, concerts, operas, ballet performances. Recently, high-profile cultural performances such as those by the Bolshoi and José Carreras take place each summer as part of the Ohrid Summer Festival.

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Founded: 200 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in North Macedonia

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Ryan Sanderson (3 years ago)
Really cool place to visit and see, it's huge in the middle of this small town
Stanislav Tymokhin (3 years ago)
Amazing place as Ohrid itself. I wish we could have a few more days to spend there. Amphitheater, grand lake, castle, woods; all in one. The place where you want to be longer.
Steven Weber (3 years ago)
If you go down to the bottom you can really feel the history come alive. Just imagine at one time there were gladiator fights and Christian executions and fights with beasts here two thousand years ago. Very well preserved overall. Would love the opportunity to experience a live performance of the arts in the summer here!
Julietta St (3 years ago)
Loved it! They offer an app that you can download to follow the road and listen to the history! Who would have known that this place exist in Macedonia ❣
Filip Barakovski (3 years ago)
Most cultural manifestations happen here. You are sure to catch something live during the middle of the summer in Ohrid
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