Roman Theatre

Mérida, Spain

The Roman Theatre of Mérida is a construction promoted by the consul Vipsanius Agrippa in the Roman city of Emerita Augusta, capital of Lusitania (current Mérida). It was constructed in the years 16 to 15 BCE. One of the most famous and visited landmarks in Spain, the Roman Theatre of Mérida is regarded as a Spanish cultural icon and was chosen as one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

The theatre has undergone several renovations, notably at the end of the 1st century or early 2nd century CE (possibly during the reign of Emperor Trajan), when the current facade of the scaenae frons was erected, and another in the time of Constantine I (between 330 and 340), which introduced new decorative-architectural elements and a walkway around the monument. Following the theatre's abandonment in Late Antiquity, it was slowly covered with earth, with only the upper tiers of seats (summa cavea) remaining visible. In local folklore the site was referred to as 'The Seven Chairs', where, according to tradition, several Moorish kings sat to decide the fate of the city.

It was built as part of an entertainment complex together with the Amphitheatre of Mérida. Nowadays both are part of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, which is one of the largest and most extensive archaeological sites in Spain. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1993.

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Founded: 16-15 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Antal Kádár (8 months ago)
So the place is very well preserved, it’s easy to walk around and there’re plenty of signs around to explain the history of the place. The information is easy to read and digest and I appreciated the drawings showcasing the different types of gladiators and how the building looked like in the past. What we didn’t like is that in October they already have the winter time table which means they close at 6PM so we ended up missing it in the afternoon and needed to come back in the morning. We’ve visited on the 9th of October when it was 35 degrees so it feels like closing at 6PM is way too early. We’ve met other tourists that also wanted to enter but couldn’t. Also the cashier lady was quite rude to us and she had a tense tone when talking to us. Maybe she shouldn’t be in a customer facing role if she doesn’t enjoy talking to people?
Dick Hazard (9 months ago)
This is a great place to stop and see Roman history. For €17 you can visit several of the different sites in Merida.
artiMarga - Margarita (10 months ago)
Mérida and its Roman Theater are fascinating. Beautiful city with friendly folk and amazing variety of superb places to eat and drink.
Beatriz Jorge (10 months ago)
You can buy a pass to visit several monuments for 16€ and you can visit them in several days! Very nice walk and tour.
Amanda Donnelley (11 months ago)
I loved this place. It was 100 outside so it was very hot but we walked around and the sites and old ruins were amazing. My kids loved running around the old bull fighting arena and also the amphitheater pretending they were singers. My mom and MIL was with us and the ground was not paved all the way around the park so some of the walking was hard
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