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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR1,730 contributions
Nov 2022
The Theatre was carved directly out of Petra's rock and is a hugely impressive sight. We were able to view it from above and also from up close. You aren't able to go inside and climb the steps/seating, but you can get very close to them and marvel at the beautiful colors in the rock and the effort that must have gone into creating the theater. We stopped here for about 15 minutes during our walk through Petra to take pictures and look more closely at it.
Written 24 November 2022
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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK1,554 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
One of the many interesting sights you can see whilst visiting the Petra site. We viewed from above while on a tour and were told it was built by the Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago. An impressive structure bearing in mind it was chiselled out of stone!
Written 7 August 2022
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,471 contributions
Jan 2020
The Nabataeans originally built the theatre, chiseling it out of the rainbow-colored rock and cutting through the facades of tombs as they did so. When the Romans arrived in 106 AD, they enlarged the theatre to seat over 8,000. After it was badly damaged by an earthquake, parts of the theatre were looted to build other structures. The ruins are beautiful to look at.
Written 3 April 2020
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daesquiv
San Jose, Costa Rica646 contributions
Mar 2020
Carved on the rocks, this is a really nice roman theater. Unfortunately you cannot climb or look around probably because it is not safe since yo can see erosion playing a role in the building.
Regardless of that is a really nice to see
Written 16 March 2020
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Jeremy C
Hinckley, UK949 contributions
Oct 2019
Apparently the only theatre in the world carved into the rock, so presumably a happy marriage of Roman design and Nabataean building techniques. Either way it's all pretty impressive and worth a stop to look at and imagine how it might have been with 4,000 spectators crammed in.
Written 13 February 2020
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DavidG897
London, UK2,845 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
It does not have an enormous capacity and is not as well designed with the regularity of later Roman theatres and amphitheaters but this was hewn directly from the rock face by the creators for their purposes and it fantasy for that feat
Written 13 January 2020
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,386 contributions
Nov 2019
A bit further down from the Treasury is the Amphitheatre. It is so impressive, breathtaking, the theatre is carved out from the rock even the arch tunnel at the side of the stage. I was so glad the theatre is still in such good condition for us to enjoy.
Written 14 December 2019
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P M V
Nagpur, India3,372 contributions
Nov 2019
Any one can see the the stamp of Roman architecture. I would therefore prefer to call it Roman Amphitheatre.
Typical theatre with semi circular, rising seating arrangement with semicircle facing the stage. Arched tunnel dug in the side of the stage seems to be entry to theatre.
There are lot of room like recesses near the seating and stage could not find out their purpose.
The strusture has by some quirk of nature either been very well preserved or the restoration effort has been pretty good.
Written 23 November 2019
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China10,226 contributions
Nov 2019
Petra's large Roman theatre is a reminder of the Ancient City's glorious past. It was an important gathering point for festivals and ceremonies. Worth a look when en route to the Monastery.
Written 12 November 2019
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,584 contributions
Oct 2019
I have to day that of all the wonders of Petra, the Amphitheatre is right up there with the best of them in my opinion.It is located on the left hand side of the pouter siq as you walk away from the treasury, opposite the royal tombs carved into the mountain at the base of the High Place of Sacrifice. It can actually hold 4,000 and was built by the Nabateans in the first century. Later, the Romans extended it to 8,500 and and rebuilt the back wall of the stage.
It is breathtaking to look at now, carved as it is into the bare rock with such intricacy and precision. You can't actually wander in but there is a viewing platform at the front and you get clear unobstructed vistas. I found it to be an amazing sight, one of my favourite part so Petra.
Written 4 November 2019
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