Roman Amphitheatre And Kom El Dikka, Alexandria

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Roman Amphitheatre And Kom El Dikka, Alexandria - Address

Address: Alexandria, Qesm Al Attarin, Alexandria, Egypt

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Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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With 13 tiers, all made of marble, even the ruins of the Roman amphitheatre look impressive. They take the visitor through the Roman stories that are inter-sewn with Alexandria’s history. A short walk around the ruins will take you back hundreds of years into the mesmerizing mix of cultures that are an integral part of Egyptian history.

While you’re there, try the acoustics from the centre of the amphitheatre.

Roman Amphitheatre And Kom El Dikka Ticket Prices

  • Villa of Birds admission fee for Adults EG£ 15, Children EG£ 8.

How To reach Roman Amphitheatre And Kom El Dikka by Public Transport

  • The amphitheatre is located near the Misr station.

Restaurants Near Roman Amphitheatre And Kom El Dikka

  • Athineos Restaurant
  • Pastroudis
  • Santa Lucia

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  • Beautiful place, dull for a trip or a visit, i wouldn't go again. We went as a visit to take photos with "ancient" stuff but as it turned out, the place is mostly just huge space. It was hard to find a some good shots It is really sad as it is such a beautiful place that can be much better with just little work

  • The Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria in Kom El Dekka The Roman Amphitheatre is one of the most popular monuments located in the city of Alexandria This fact was proven due to the architectural elements present in the theatre which show that it was used during three different periods; the Roman, the Byzantine, and the Early Islamic era. The amphitheatre was used in several purposes during its long history and passing by different periods of time. It was used as an odeum where musical shows were performed during the Roman period. The theatre, at the time, had all the elements to host perfect performance like the dome that once stood over the stage and the section of the orchestra. On the other hand, in the Byzantine era, it was used as a conference hall where important meetings, like public assemblies and governmental summits used to take place. The Roman Amphitheatre was most probably neglected during the early Islamic period and onwards until it was discovered during the middle of the 20th century to become one of the most marvelous historical sites of the city of Alexandria The Roman Amphitheatre we see today in Alexandria was constructed in the 4th century AD and it was a common feature of the Greco Roman period. The Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria is featured with its marble audiences section which is symmetrical with extended wing and could host up 600 spectators. The audience section of the Roman Amphitheatre has a diameter of about 33 meters and it consists of 13 rows made of European white marble with the uppermost part being a portico made out of Granite columns that were brought from Aswan and some of them are still standing until today. The thirteen rows of the Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria were numbered with Roman digits and letters to regulate the seating of the audience in different occasions. These compartments used to have ceilings with domes that were based upon large columns made of granite to protect the audience from the sun and the rain. Moreover, these domes were used to magnify the sound of the music and the chants during different performances. The steps and the rows of the Roman Amphitheatre are based upon a thick white limestone wall and another wall surrounds it as well. In the middle of the structure, there is the section of the orchestra where the musical performances used to take place. This section is supported with two large marble columns and has some of the finest Roman mosaics on its floor. Contemporary researches that made some comparisons between the Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria and other similar structures that were discovered in Italy, Greece, and the Theatre of Garash in Tunisia have concluded many interesting facts. The first fact that was proved out of these researches is that the Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria was not constructed originally to be a theatre hosting performances and artistic events This type of theatres was usually designed in the shape of the letter "C" to allow all the spectators, sitting all around the audience section, to watch the performances from any angle. Situated to the North of the Roman theatre, there are large mud brick structures and these are ruins of the Roman baths that were constructed near the amphitheatre in the period from the 2nd to the 4th century AD. Located to the East of the Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria, recent excavation missions have unearthed a Roman villa that dates back to the period of Roman Emperor, Hadrian, who ruled Egypt and a large empire during the 2nd century AD. The archeologists who discovered this villa called it; "the Villa of the Birds" because of the marvelous mosaic floor in the main room of the structure which display many birds in different shapes.

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  • If you sing or talk loud near the stadium area you will find your voice echo. This was how they used to talk in social gathering and government talks, this was also a place where the Greeks would perform skits and plays

  • The mosaics were amazing. If you visit in the summer there is almost no shade, so pick your visit time carefully. Make sure you walk around to the baths and 'bird house'.

  • A great place for mid sized concerts. Not as big as it should be but it's big.

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