Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

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Ancient Theatre of Ohrid

The Ancient theatre of Ohrid of the Hellenistic period It was built in 200 BC and is the only Hellenistic-type theater in Macedonia.

 It was used by the Romans for gladiator fights until the 4th century when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. After the 4th century, the Ancient Theater was destroyed since the gladiators who fought there were Christians and these types of buildings were considered pagan.

The theatre building was decorated with a frieze of barrel tiles that included scenes from the life of the gods. On two marble plates, which are preserved at the Ohrid Museum today, the god Dionysus is presented in a scene with the Muses.

Since the late 1980s, the theatre is again a site of public performances, such as plays, concerts, operas, ballet performances.

The theatre was constructed between hills to protect it from winds and provide incredible acoustics. It is chosen as one of the main stages where the Ohrid Summer Festival takes place. The Theatre offers a wonderful view of Lake Ohrid and Mt. Galichica to the southeast.

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