The Roman Theatre, or "Teatro Romano," is one of Malaga's most significant historical landmarks. Situated at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress, it is the oldest monument in the city and is still in use today, showcasing the depth of history that permeates Malaga.
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The Roman theatre in Malaga
The Roman theatre in Malaga

The Roman Theatre in Malaga

The theatre was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Augustus and was used until the 3rd century. After that, its materials were used for building other structures, including the Alcazaba itself.

The theatre remained hidden for many centuries and was only rediscovered in 1951 during the construction of the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture). Archaeological excavations and restorations have since brought it back to life, and visitors can now explore this amazing open-air monument.

The design of the theatre is characteristic of Roman theatre architecture with a semicircular orchestra, tiered seating (cavea), and a stage building (scaenae frons). Despite the extensive use of its stones in other buildings, a significant part of the theatre is preserved, making it easy for visitors to imagine the grandeur of the original structure.

Next to the theatre, you can visit the 'Centro de Interpretacion' (Interpretation Center), which offers more insight into the theatre's history, its construction techniques, and how it was used. There are multimedia presentations and a variety of artifacts on display.

The Roman Theatre is a testament to Malaga's rich history and is a must-visit for history and archaeology enthusiasts. The entry is typically free, and it's open to the public on most days, except Mondays. Please verify the current opening times and any restrictions before your visit.

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