Si Trova: all'interno del Parco Archeologico della Neapolis
Lat: 37° 4' 33.43705" N - Long: 15° 16' 31.61481" E
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A majestic monument dug into the living rock.
The greek theatre of Syracuse is wonderful: the largest Greek theater in Sicily, and one of the largest in the Greek world.
Great tragedians, such as Aeschylus, represented their works there, and great figures of antiquity used it as a meeting place for the population.
To see it in full it is worthwhile to reach the lower part of the theater.
The tiers, that are divided into nine sectors, are mostly preserved; the parts reserved for the actual show have instead suffered heavy damage.
In front of the bleachers was the orchestra, semicircular, where the choir performed; further back was the actual scenic building of which nothing remains.
This theater was built several times, starting from the 5th century BC, and always modified according to what needed.
It could hold around 14000 spectators.
Looking down from the theater towards the south, you can see the whole bay of Syracuse and the great harbor.
Behind the theatre a delightful source: the nymphaeum and numerous caves and signs carved into the rock.
The caves are actually of a later Christian era and were family tombs.
Beginning in 1914, the National Institute of Ancient Drama (INDA) inaugurated the representations of Greek works that still continue in the summer season in the ancient theater.
Since 2010 the Theater is one of the monuments of the Archaeological Park Service of Syracuse and of the archaeological areas of the neighboring Municipalities, a peripheral organ of the Sicilian Region, Regional Department of Cultural Heritage and of Sicilian Identity.
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