Roman Theatre

Málaga, Spain

El Teatro Romano is the oldest survived monument in Málaga City; it is situated at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress. The theatre was built in the first century BC, under Emperor Augustus, and was used until the third century AD. Subsequently it was left to ruin for centuries, until the Moors settled in Andalucía. In 756-780AD the amphitheatre was used as a quarry by the Moorish settlers , to excavate the stone used to build the Alcazaba fortress - you can see some Roman columns and capitals in the fortress. Over time it became buried under dirt and rubble, and remained hidden there for almost five centuries.

The theatre was rediscovered in 1951, when the construction of Casa de Cultura uncovered the first archaeological clues. The construction of the gardens was abandoned, and instead excavations began. In 1995 a polemic decision was made to demolish the Casa de la Cultura, which stood over a third of the site. Once the site had been fully excavated, a large scale restoration project began, which proved more difficult than anticipated, as many of the missing pieces are now part of the foundations of the neighbouring Alcazaba.

On 15 September 2011, 27 years after reconstruction began, El Teatro Romano reopened to the public, and held its first stage performances for millenia, with performances from Andrés Mérida, Daniel Casares, and Carlos Álvarez, reading from Juvenal Soto and the poetry of Pablo Picasso and Manuel Alcántara. The amphitheatre is now open throughout the year for visitors, and in summer, it will be used for open-air performances. It seats 220 spectators.

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Founded: 100-0 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Michael Yamnitsky (2 months ago)
Lovely views and ancient history come alive here!
Yonathan Stein (4 months ago)
I like it but is not like ancient cities in Turkey for example. But is really nice, but small, in the city center and is for free to see it.
Ognian Dimitrov (5 months ago)
From the outside, the theater looks quite preserved and has a nice view of the Alcazaba. During our visit it was closed to visitors due to some festival in the city.
Valerie Lyn (7 months ago)
I was so impressed with how well preserved this amazing amphitheater is! With the trees and the ancient building behind it, I was truly impressed. A must see while in Malaga!
Kris Turner (11 months ago)
Lovely place to check out. It’s great that you can actually go in too and have a little sit. Very interesting bit of history. We first saw this on our walking tour which was very interesting and a lot of info was shared about this place which you would not know about if you go without one. Check it out!
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