Saturday, May 22, 2010
Gubbio - The Roman Theatre
The theater's date of construction is uncertain, but it was probably not built before 55 and not after 27 B.C. And, archeologists theorize that it was restored no later than 14 A.D. In any case, it's very old. There may have been a Basilica on either end of the Theater. An interesting point is that the Theater was built using the techniques of all Roman construction projects. This Theater is only slightly smaller than those either in Pompeii or Marcellus in Rome. It is purported to have accommodated about 16,000 people, yet when you look at the seating, it's incredulous to believe that it could have held that many people, but we're seeing only a fraction of its size.
As the photos will show, it is (and certainly was) a beautiful Theater.