Ephesus Great Theater

Great theater of Ephesus city locates at the end of Marble Street. Great theater was constructed during the reign of Lysimachus in Hellenistic era and later it was renovated and enlarged many times by several Roman Emperors.

Like all the other ancient theatres, the theatre consisted of three main section: the skene (stage building) , the orchestra ( place of action for the actors) and the cavea (auditorium) where the audience sat. Great theater had 25,000 people in capacity.

Beside used for concerts and plays; Great theatre was used for religious, political and philosophical discussions and for gladiator and animal fights. It is believed that St. Paul preached to Ephesians in Great Theater of Ephesus City (Acts 19:23-41).

Great Theater is still used for performances and special events.

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