Alexandria - Roman Amphitheatre


During Ptolemaic times, this area was the Park of Pan, a hilly pleasure garden with a limestone summit. Later Roman villas, baths and an amphitheatre were added.

The elegant Roman theatre, built in the 2nd century AD, was of the odeum type with a stage intended for theatrical performances. The 13 rows of seats accommodated seven to eighthundred spectators. The terraces, arranged in a semi circle around the arena, are excellently preserved. The structure was built with mable imported from Europe, while colomns in the double colonnade at the rear of the theatre are of Aswan granite and green marble from Asia Minor. Along the northern side of the theatre's portico are thirteen auditoria that might have been part of Alexandria's ancient university, with an annual enrollment of 5000 students. North of the theatre lie brick remains of Roman baths.