Saturday, March 2, 2013

Roman Theater


Alfama, Lisbon
 
The theater was built in the first century BC by Emperor Augustus and expanded in 57 AD with a capacity for 5000 people. It was abandoned in the Middle Ages and disappeared underground until Lisbon's post-earthquake reconstruction in the 18th century. 
Taking photos inside the museum is not allowed, but if you want to know what the theater looked like, click here and watch the video.

14 comments:

Birdman said...

post-earthquake reconstruction... funny!

Dina said...

Yes, very exciting! I love the story of how it "re-surfaced" after many centuries.

Sharon said...

What an amazing find. That video really gives you a perspective of how big it was.

RedPat said...

I love the re-discovery!

VP said...

An amazing discovery after so much time!

Kay said...

It seems amazing to me: that long ago the Roman's managed to build things to really last. I've seen a good many things that have come and gone in my lifetime, leaving no vestiges. . .

Sylvia K said...

Awesome! It is amazing how it re-surfaced after so long! Terrific! Thanks for the video! Hope your weekend is going well, JM! Enjoy!

Randy said...

So amazing.

Hilda said...

Oh wow, what a find!

Dina said...

I'm impressed how they had to go after the ruins in the middle of a built modern city.

ladyfi said...

How ancient and utterly lovely.

tapirgal said...

Bad economics and politics . . . great historic ruins and buildings!

beatrice De said...

I love archéologie. J'ai visité pas mal de ruines romaines dans le monde antique romain : Bosra en Syrie, Apame, Palmyre, En Turquie : Ephèse. Celles de Chypre, impressionnantes par leurs immenses mosaïques. Les anciennes mines d'or romaines en Espagne. Les restes de Pétra en Jordanie. Erculanum en Italie. Et bien sûr quelques sites archéologiques en Suisse qui ne sont pas aussi impressionnantes que celles mentionnées.

C'est toujours une émotion pour moi que d'imaginer la vie de ces cités antiques, avec d'autres formes de vêtements d'habitations etc.

Vous imaginez-vous les citées Aztèques si les Espagnoles n'étaient pas venu mettre leurs grains de sel au nom du roi et du Christianisme.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Fascinating post JM.