Turkey, Roman theatre in Laodicea

Turkey completes restoration of the ancient Roman theatre in Laodicea

The 2,200-year-old theatre, from which you can see Pamukkale, is located in the ruins of Laodicea, a candidate for World Heritage Site.

The restoration of the 2,200-year-old ancient Roman theatre at Laodicea, located in the province of Denizli, in southwestern Turkey, has been completed two years after it began, according to those in charge of the works.

During a press conference, Celal Şimşek, director of the restoration and excavation work at the ruins of Laodicea, a candidate city for UNESCO World Heritage status, explained that the historic theatre had a capacity for about 15,000 spectators, and that now it will be back in use thanks to the restoration project started in 2019.

Şimşek stressed that throughout this time archaeologists have continued to work on unearthing the remains of Laodicea, and that the restoration techniques used in the theatre have followed all international standards. “This is the largest project whose restoration has been completed in such a short time,” he said.

A prosperous commercial city under the Roman Empire, Laodicea suffered several earthquakes, one of which completely destroyed it in 494: this event marked the decline of the city and its theatre (from which Pamukkale can be seen); however, it had already been abandoned in the fourth century with the arrival of Christianity.

A total of 10 academics, a specialist architect, 12 archaeologists, 4 restorers and 20 workers have worked on the restoration of the ancient Roman theatre in Laodicea, a city founded in the 3rd century BC. in honor of Laodice, the wife of Antiochus II Theos, king of the old Seleucid Empire.