Teatro romano de Málaga

Teatro romano de Málaga

The Roman theater of Malaga is the archaeological remains of the ancient Malacca theater and the main preserved vestige of the Roman presence in Malaga. It is located in the historic center of the city, at the foot of the Alcazaba hill. Work from the early years of the Empire, its design corresponds to a mixed construction that combines the use of the slope of the hill for the stands —in the manner of the Greek theaters— with an important construction where the rock is non-existent, creating the necessary space for the stands.

This is a medium-sized theater that preserves a large part of the cavea or stands, the richly decorated orchestra with large marble slabs, and the scaena, in which today its floor has been reproduced with a wooden floor like the one it would have at the time of use. The scenic apparatus would close in the background with an ornamental facade decorated with openings, columns and sculptures, of which several copies have been re...Read more

The Roman theater of Malaga is the archaeological remains of the ancient Malacca theater and the main preserved vestige of the Roman presence in Malaga. It is located in the historic center of the city, at the foot of the Alcazaba hill. Work from the early years of the Empire, its design corresponds to a mixed construction that combines the use of the slope of the hill for the stands —in the manner of the Greek theaters— with an important construction where the rock is non-existent, creating the necessary space for the stands.

This is a medium-sized theater that preserves a large part of the cavea or stands, the richly decorated orchestra with large marble slabs, and the scaena, in which today its floor has been reproduced with a wooden floor like the one it would have at the time of use. The scenic apparatus would close in the background with an ornamental facade decorated with openings, columns and sculptures, of which several copies have been recovered.

The Theater was discovered in 1951 during works for the realization of a landscaped space. At first, the remains that appeared were identified with one of the gates of the wall. Shortly after it was seen that it was actually the Aditus Maximus of a theater building from Roman times. This building continued below the modern Archives, Libraries and Museums building, known as the House of Culture.

After many years of investigations and debates, in the nineties of the 20th century, the decision was made to demolish the house of culture, excavate the entire site in extension and, later, restore and consolidate it for its put in value.

Currently, it is an archaeological site whose ownership and management corresponds to the Junta de Andalucía. It is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, and its visit is articulated between an interpretation center that is located next to the theater, and the site in question whose tour is possible through wooden walkways.

The Roman theater of Malaga is declared a Site of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the category of Artistic Monument, by Decree dated March 16, 1972. In the current urban planning it is cataloged with grade A, protection integral, by the General Plan of Urban Planning of Malaga.

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