Roman Theatre Approx. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

Visit the Roman Amphitheatre which has been recently discovered as a musical and wrestling venue! The Roman Amphitheatre is the only amphitheatre in Egypt that was built by the Romans. It was recently rediscovered.

Over 30 years of excavation have uncovered many Roman remains including this well-preserved theatre with galleries, sections of mosaic-flooring, and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. In Ptolemaic times, this area was the Park of Pan and a pleasure garden. The theater at one point may had been roofed over to serve as an Odeon for musical performances. Inscriptions suggest that it was sometimes also used for wrestling contests. The theatre stood with thirteen semi-circular tiers of white marble that was imported from Europe. Its columns are of green marble imported from Asia Minor, and red granite imported from Aswan.

Courtesy of Egypt Tourism Board