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Restoration of ancient Laodikea's theatre completed


Restoration works on the 2,200-year-old theatre in the ancient city of Laodikea, located in southwestern Turkey, have been completed.


Restoration of ancient Laodikea's theatre completed
A general view from the theatre in the ancient city of Laodikea, Denizli, western Turkey
[Credit: Anadolou Agency]

Laodikea was a largely unknown archaeological site before 2003, but the city was brought to light after excavation works were initiated by the Denizli Museum. A team of Turkish archaeologists, led by Professor Celal Simsek from Pamukkale University, has been working in Laodikea continuously since 2003.




Simsek and his team completed their restoration work on the urban theatre of the city recently. Simsek said in a press conference that the urban theatre, with a capacity of 15,000 people, has been brought back to life.


Restoration of ancient Laodikea's theatre completed
A general view from the restoration of the theatre in the ancient city of Laodikea, Denizli,
western Turkey [Credit: Anadolou Agency]

Noting that the team applied the restoration techniques of international criteria, he said, "This is the most extensive project whose restoration has been completed in such a short time."




Simsek added that 10 academics, a specialist architect, 12 archaeologists, four restoring personnel and 20 workers participated in the faithful project, managing to carry out the work in as little as 15 years thanks to the contributions by the South Aegean Development Agency and the metropolitan municipality of Denizli.


Source: Anadolu Agency [July 27, 2021]



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