The Roman Theatre of Cartagena was built at the end of the 1st Century BC when Cartagena was a Roman colony, in the era of Emperor Augustus. The theatre was not discovered until 1987 and many of the finds are in the Archaeological Museum.
The terraced seats were built into the northern side of La Concepcion hill which had been excavated to create seating for 6000. Santa Maria La Vieja Cathedral, which you can see mainly at the top left to centre of the photo was built in the 13th Century from materials taken from the Roman theatre. By the sixteenth century, the theatre had been lost to fire and its remains built over and remained well hidden by the town of Cartagena as it grew over the ruins, and was not discovered again until 1987. The town was asked to vote as to whether or not, the buildings standing there in 1987 should remain, or be torn down to find the ruins. The town voted in favour of the excavation and reconstruction of the Roman Theatre. My photo shows how it stands today. Once again in the glory of Rome, many of it’s fine treasures still remaining.
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