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Side Ancient Theater

Side Ancient Theater

The apple of the eye of Side Ancient City

Some of the beautiful examples of Roman theaters, which give important clues about the cultural and social life of the period, are also found in Turkey. One of the most well-known of these theaters, which are present in almost all of the ancient cities along the Mediterranean coast, is in the ancient city of Side. The Theatre, one of the best preserved works of Old Side and located in the center of the city, dates back to A.D. It was built in the 2nd century for 9,000 people. What distinguishes it from other Roman theaters in Anatolia is that it was not built on a hillside... The theater, which was built with only a part of it resting on the hillside but with its floors raised by columns and arches, is the only example you can come across in Turkey in this respect.

Once upon a time, shows were staged in A.D. III. The theater, which was converted into an arena with additions made in the 19th century and where gladiator fights took place, and served as an open-air church during the Byzantine Period, continues to be used today by hosting concerts. Apart from its magnificent architecture, which is similar to Rome's famous theater, the Colosseum, the theater also attracts attention with its decorations that reveal the talents of the artists of the period.

You can have a pleasant, peaceful and comfortable Side holiday by staying at Acanthus Cennet Barut Collection during your holiday, where you will explore historical ruins such as Side Ancient Theatre, Side Temple of Apollo and Side Museum.

Are you ready for a brand new holiday with pleasant privileges in Side?

Acanthus Cennet Barut Collection awaits you with its modern architecture, comfortable rooms, gourmet restaurants and delightful privileges.

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