Theatre of Petra


Carole Raddato
published on 02 March 2018
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Carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice, the theatre of Petra consists of three rows of seats separated by passageways. Seven stairways ascended the cavea (seating section) which accommodated 4000 spectators. The monument was carved in the mountainside during the reign of King Aretas IV (4 BCE - 27 CE). The Romans rebuilt the stage back wall.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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