The Miletus Theatre




The theatre at Miletus was built by the Greeks during the Hellenistic period 4th century BCE, but was enlarged and modernised on three occasions, finally completed during the 2nd century CE by the Romans. One of the finest, and best preserved theatres of that period in Anatolia. It was built on the slope of a 30 metre high hill, which at the time overlooked the harbour in front of it.


Built in marble, and richly decorated, it has a façade of 140 metres through which an intricate system of passageways, stairs and vaulted corridors led the spectators to their seats in the three galleries. At the centre of the lower gallery are the Imperial seats, their position marked by four marble pillars which supported a canopy. The upper section however has suffered considerably due to the construction of a Byzantine fortress on the hilltop, and subsequent pillaging of stone and marble.


View from the top

Across the old harbour


The Upper Circle


Vaulted Corridor