Selley Roman Theatre

Avenches, Switzerland

Built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD, the Selley Theatre could accommodate around 12,000 spectators, making it one of the largest buildings of its kind. It was modified in the Gallo-Roman age. Both the orchestra and the cavea (tiered seating) are more than semicircular, the rather modestly sized stage building was built onto the exterior of the linear façade wall, and the actual stage consists of a simple wooden platform which reaches into theorchestra.

In the latter part of the 3rd century i twas finally turned into a fortified retreat enclosed by a defensive ditch and was used as such until the mid-4th century.



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Avenches, Switzerland
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Founded: 2nd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Switzerland

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Mauricio Otz (2 years ago)
Everything allright. Has some parking spots aviable.
Swiss Vlogger (3 years ago)
Great and historical place
Brian Phelan (4 years ago)
makes a countryside walk interesting
Urs Ruprecht (5 years ago)
Very interesting what the Romans did in their territories...
Alex R (5 years ago)
The ancient Roman capital of Helvetia. The amphetheatre is in good shape and they hold rock concerts in it in August.
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