Visit Roman Amphitheater Alexandria And Attend A Concert From The 4th Century
Roman Amphitheater Alexandria is where you can get to know how were the art concerts in the 4th century till the 7th century, and how had people been gathering to attend the musical concerts and the other sorts of events, within three periods, which are the Roman, the Byzantine, and the Early Islamic era.
So, you can be one of the Roman audience and enjoy the atmosphere of attending a wonderful artistic concert in the 4th century by visiting the Roman Amphitheater Alexandria, to enter the marble audiences section, which has a diameter of about 33 meters, that can host about 600 spectators.
You will be amazed by the dome that was established over the stage and the section of the orchestra to magnify the sound of the music and the chants during different performances and also to prevent the rays of the sun and rain from upsetting the audience.
This audience section has 13 rows made of European white marble, and actually, all the spectators could find their seats easily as these rows are numbered with Roman digits and letters to regulate the seating of the audience.
Also, you can go back in time to attend an important public government meeting in the Greece period in Egypt, just follow our tour guide to Kom Al-Dikka at Alex, and go to the Roman Amphitheatre.
Yes, Roman Amphitheater Alexandria was used within these different three periods for several purposes, not just for the artistic purpose, as within the Roman era, all the elements to host the perfect artistic performance; were set.
But the condition was different in the Greece period. Actually, the Greeks took advantage of the C Shape of the Roman Amphitheatre, and that is why they used it as a conference hall to host important meetings, like public assemblies and governmental summits, which were once held.
Within the Islamic period, the Roman Theatre was neglected until it disappeared completely and was discovered by chance in the middle of the 20th century.
How Was roman amphitheater Alexandria Discovering!
During the excavation of the tomb of Alexander The Great by the Polish expedition in 1960, the workers, when digging into the ground they had found some solid iron columns, indicating that something may be buried underneath.
In a short while, the Greco Roman Museum and the Polish Excavation experts had announced the discovery of the most important monument that was found out in Egypt in the 20th century, which is the Roman Amphitheater Alexandria.
While your way to Roman Amphitheater Alexandria, you will find our professional tour guide tells you the story of the stunning district in Alex, Kom El Dikka. But why is it named Kom El Dikka?
It is an Arabic that means the hill of rubble or the hill of benches. It took this name in the 20th century as the famous historian El Neweiry passed by this area and found many piles of rubber that seemed like huge benches and sand were spreading in its ground due to the digging of the Mahmoudiya Canal, which links Alexandria to the Nile.
Details About The amphitheater Structure From Inside!
When you enter the theater, you will realize more about the roman style in the building as you will find the steps and the 13 marble rows of the Roman Amphitheater were based upon a thick white limestone wall, and there was another wall surrounded it as well.
These two walls are connected together through many arches. There was an outer wall that was built to support the inner walls.
In the middle of the structure, there is the orchestra section, where the musical performances used to took place. This section is supported by two large marble columns. It has some of the finest Roman mosaics on its floor.
At the top of the audience section, there were also five compartments that were set to host important figures and wealthy tradesmen during performances.
Actually, Roman Amphitheater Alexandria is considered one of the greatest Roman architectures from the 2nd to the 4th century. Even after the earthquake that hit Alexandria in the 6th century AD and destroy some of the features of this Roman theater, but you will still see in it the greatness of the building.
Facts About Roman Amphitheater Alexandria
In the comparing that the contemporary researchers had set between the Roman Amphitheater Alexandria, and the other Roman theaters in Italy, Greece, and the Theatre of Garash in Tunisia, they discovered that the Roman theater in Egypt was built in a different design with C shape; to be the lonely theater that allows for the spectators to watch the performance from any angle.
The small size of the structure that can host just 600 people while the number of inhabitants of Alexandria during the Roman era was a large number, proves that this theater was built for private performances to a special audience or as the Greeks used as a hall conference for the important meetings of officials.
When looking at the north of the Roman Amphitheater Alexandria, you will find mud-brick structures, which are the Roman baths that were built near to the theater in the period from 2nd to the 4th century.
When looking at the west of the Roman Amphitheater, you will find “the Villa of the Birds,” which dates back to the Roman Emperor, Hadrian, period who controlled Egypt and a large empire during the 2nd century AD.
The archeologists named it the Villa Of The Birds, as the main room of the structure includes a marvelous mosaic floor that displays many birds in different shapes.
Info You Need To Know About Amphitheater
- The Entrance Fee for the Roman Amphitheater is 80 L.E
- The open hours for these sites are from 8 a.m; to 5 p.m.