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Rhodiapolis' Theatre

The Rhodiapols theatre was (surprising, to my mind) only uncovered after a fire in 2000 cleared the hillside, and excavations were undertaken in 2010 (according to a Hürriyet article I found on the web) later. The height to the pit is some 9 meters, with 16 rows of seats and a diameter of 40 meters. It could hold some 1500 people (in a German source 2500 is given, I do not know what to choose). It is in the Roman style, so far I have not found a date, and seems to be partly dug out of the hillside of the acropolis hill. Behind the stage building stands the monument (some sources speak of mausoleum) for Opramoas. Both were being reconstructed in the way I see increasingly in Turkey: using new stone missing parts are filled in (and I wonder to what extent old parts have been cleaned), giving the whole a brand new aspect which will take years of weathering to look even faintly ancient. Or maybe another earthquake?
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