Roman Theatre

Mérida
Extremadura
Attractions and places of interest
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Roman Theatre at Mérida is an astounding example of Roman architecture. Constructed under the orders of Marcus Agrippa around 15 BC, the theatre is built into the hillside next to the amphitheatre. Able to hold 6,000 spectators, the theatre has 3 levels for different classes of society. The highest level, the summa cavea, is the worst detoriarated part of the theatre and was the only part visible above ground before it was excavated. These visible ruins received the nickname the Seven Chairs. The scaenae frons (backdrop) of the theatre stage is 30m high and two tiers of marble columns still stand on the stage decorated with statues amongst them.

The amphitheatre next door is also remarkably well-preserved and can hold up to 16,000 people. Besides both monuments are examples of Roman houses which have also been excavated. The theatre and the amphitheatre are still used for performances today.

Places to visit nearby

Mérida in Extremadura is a beautiful historical town with a fascinating wealth of Roman architectural remains in the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida .

Cáceres in Extremadura is an historical city famous for its 30 striking Arabic towers in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Cáceres.