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The crown jewel

If Merida is known as a place filled with Roman culture, a special mention must be made to the Roman Amphitheater.

I think this is without a doubt the most beautiful place in the city for many reasons. First of all, it’s just magnificent. It’s enormous from all angles. One of the best parts about visiting is that you can step on the ancient stands and take a seat. It’s important to keep in mind that we’re talking about a still-living place where they still perform plays. For example, when I was there, there were flyers for an upcoming Isabel Pantoja concert.

But the most special thing about the place is that it has been absolutely splendidly conserved. I mean, come on. They say it’s from 16 A.D. It’s hard to believe that looking at the great state it’s kept in.

It’s considered one of the 12 treasure of Spain, and will good reason. It’s spectacular! And the best is to go and visit it, and see many more corners of the city. After seeing the theater, head over to Merida’s Circus Maximus right next door. It’s another impressive, ancient structure.

The Roman theatre and amphitheatre of Mérida are next to each other and form, in my opinion, the most impressive part of the entire city. And while the theatre is more spectacular and well-preserved, the amphitheatre was much more beloved in its time and was the home to famous gladiator battles and duels between beasts and men.

It was inaugurated in 8B.C. and is formed by a sandy pit that measures 64 by 41 meters. The seats, which are divided into three sections (only two of which remain today), could hold up to 15,000 spectators. There were also two special viewing areas; one for the authorities and the other for the sponsors of the spectacle.

Nowadays, you can explore all the points of the amphitheatre, pass through the various gateways, and tread the sandy pit area. Basically, you can fully enjoy it. You can’t miss it!

If you don’t visit this area when you’re in Mérida, then you aren’t really visiting Mérida.
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Still serving its original purpose

The Theater of Mérida is the “Prince of the emeritus monuments” according to Menédez Pidal, architect that directed its reconstruction in 1964. The excavations began in 1910. The theater had stands built to hold 6,000 spectators. The stands is (and was) divided into three sections, separated by small walls, in respect to the ancient class differences.

Although all that have attended Mérida’s Theater Festival know that the acoustics are better in the higher seats. Thanks to the festival that has been celebrated every year since 1933, it’s the only building that has been able to serve its original purpose after restoration. The stage is simply incredibly, decorated with statues of the Goddess Ceres, Pluto, and Proserpina.

History says that that theater was left unused after Christian arrival, as it considered theatrical representations immoral. After the Christians took power, the theater was used less and less, until it was eventually left abandoned.

Over the pass of time, the sand and the humans were responsible for its “disappearance.” But it wasn’t completely buried, there were seven rocks, the Seven Chairs/Seats, where, according to the legend, the Moorish Kings sat to discuss the future of the city.
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A marvel from the roman era

Who hasn’t heard about the Roman Theater in Mérida? Who hasn’t studied it when we were young? Méida, in the Roman ages was called Emerita Augusta and the construction of this marvel was brought about by Agripa.

The theater was proclaimed a UNESCA World Heritage site in 1993. As you can see in the pictures, it consists of a semicircular grandstand that has the capacity to fit 6,000 people.

And the most impressive thing is that the stage is made up of two columns following the Corinthian style with marble cornices and plinths.

Aside from this, if you want to see the theater in action, don’t miss the Theater Festival in Mérida.
Visit and take in this marvel from the Roman ages in beautiful Mérida (Badajoz).
Rodrigo Nieto
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Emerita augusta

This Roman amphitheater is in Mérida and is located alongside the Roman theatre, both of which are found in a closed area containing all of the monuments in Mérida with the exception of the museum. A 12 euro tickets gives you access to all the sites, and in winter, the afternoon visiting hours at 4pm through 6:30pm.
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Magic place

Magic place
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The roman theatre of mérida (extremad...

The Roman Theatre of Mérida (Extremadura) is one of the jewels of the most important Roman art in Spain. It retains the entire building structure whose recovery excavations started in 1910. Mérida is by its architectural gems Heritage Site since 1993. In the Roman Empire and was called Emerita Augusta became the capital of the province of Lusitania. The theater was built by Agrippa in the 16th century BC to house about 6000 participants (3000 of them sitting. Was in use until the second half of the fourth century, undergoing some renovations on first and second century AD It is built on the San Albín hill, which favors its excellent acoustics. The scene has three entrances and a podium over eight feet tall. The grandstand is divided into summa, middle and ima cavea, with the summa cavea the upper grandstand, which today is the most deteriorated. In Roman times the mob was installed in the media cavea and in the image, the knights wore. Teatro Romano de Mérida is the best preserved of Europe and the only after recovery still works for which it was originally built by the Romans to be stage performances and concerts. Their stage is decorated by numerous columns marble Corinthian. Classical Theatre Festival, held every summer since 1933 . Extremadura If you visit, this is one of the must for every lover of art and buildings of the Roman Empire.

El Teatro Romano de Mérida (Extremadura) es una de las joyas del arte romano más importantes de toda España. Se conserva toda la estructura de la construcción, cuyas excavaciones de recuperación empezaron en 1910. Mérida es por sus joyas arquitectónicas Patrimonio de la Humanidad desde 1993. En la época del Imperio Romano se llamaba Emérita Augusta y llegó a ser capital de la provincia de Lusitania.

El teatro se construyó por orden de Agripa en el siglo 16 a.C para albergar a cerca de 6000 asistentes (3000 de ellos sentados. Estuvo en uso hasta la segunda mitad del siglo IV, sufriendo algunas remodelaciones en siglo I y II d.C. Está construido sobre el cerro de San Albín, lo cual favorece a su excelente acústica.

La escena tiene tres puertas de acceso y un podio de más de dos metros y medio de altura. El graderío se divide en summa, media e ima cavea, siendo la summa cavea el graderío superior, que hoy en día es el más deteriorado. En la época de los romanos la plebe se instalaba en la media cavea y, en la ima, se ponían los caballeros.

El Teatro Romano de Mérida es EL MEJOR CONSERVADO DE EUROPA y el único que tras su recuperación sigue funcionando para lo que fue construido originalmente por los romanos: ser escenario de representaciones y recitales. Su escenario está decorado por numerosas columnas de mármol de estilo corintio.

El Festival de Teatro Clásico, que se celebra cada verano desde 1933.

Si visitas Extremadura, esta es una de las paradas obligadas para todo amante del arte y de las construcciones del Imperio romano.
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Roman theater mrida

Everyone knows that Merida is a World Heritage Site. A city that has many Roman remains, each more admirable, but certainly the great monument of the city is its theater. It's a great city for theater, since in the first century AD was the 9th Mérida city of world population. Besides having well-preserved in the stands, the scene is also quite complete. This is because until the early twentieth century, the remains were buried in a big dump. The reconstruction was not too difficult because the building had collapsed in its own niche. Today, in summer, the theater takes shape a year and cultural life. For those who can go to a performance of classical theater in this magical place, say it is an experience worth living. Hearing is spotless and the environment speaks for itself.

Teatro romano de mérida

Por todos es sabido que Mérida es Patrimonio de la Humanidad. Una ciudad que dispone de numerosos restos romanos, a cual más admirable, pero sin duda el gran monumento de la ciudad es su teatro. Es un teatro para una gran ciudad, ya que en el siglo I d.c. Mérida era la 9 ciudad de mundo en población. A parte de tener en buen estado de conservación las gradas, también la escena está bastante completa. Esto se debe a que hasta principios del siglo XX, los restos estuvieron sepultados en un gran vertedero. La reconstrucción no fue demasiado complicada ya que el edificio se había derrumbado en su propio hueco. En la actualidad, en verano, el teatro lleva ya años configurando una increíble oferta cultural. Para los que puedan ir a una representación de teatro clásico, en este lugar mágico, deciros que es una experiencia que merece la pena vivir. La audición es impecable y el entorno habla por si mismo.
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Watch a play all leaves you speechless

One of the emblematic places of Mrida, if not the most. It is spectacular to see a play at the Theater Festival of Mrida classic, which is made all the years in summer. The actors are usually first and theater lighting makes you get into the story as if you were in just a few strokes.

Ver una obra allí te deja sin palabras

Uno de los lugares emblemáticos de Mérida, si no el que más. Es espectacular ver una obra de teatro en el Festival de Teatro Clásico de Mérida, que se hace todos los años en verano. Los actores suelen ser de primera y la iluminación del teatro hace que te metas en la historia como si estuvieras en épocas pasadas.
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Opened around the year 16 bc, the the...

Opened around the year 16 BC, the theater listed as World Heritage by UNESCO is the best preserved in Europe, this is a gem! More than 6,000 seats and 13 access doors! Note that there are three parts of terraces separated by walls (high, middle and base) to differentiate social classes. Moreover, to my surprise, some of the step has been restored since the steps were plastic ... However beautiful trompe l'oeil! The stage is large and very well sound system (yes I tested)! The stage wall consists of columns on two levels and highlights several statues, most of which have no heads. Today, the theater and saw hosts festivals of theater and classical music, but I have not had the chance to enjoy!

Inauguré vers l’An 16 avant JC, ce théâtre classé au Patrimoine de l'Humanité de l’UNESCO est le mieux conservé d’Europe, c’est un joyau ! Plus de 6000 places et 13 portes d’accès ! On remarque qu’il y a 3 parties de gradins séparées par des murets (haute, moyenne et base), pour différencier les classes sociales. D’ailleurs à ma grande surprise, une partie du gradin a été restauré puisque les marches étaient en plastique … Cependant beau trompe l’œil ! La scène est large et très bien sonorisée (et oui j'ai testé) ! Le mur de scène se compose de colonnes sur deux niveaux et met en avant plusieurs statues dont la plupart n’ont plus de têtes.
Aujourd’hui, le théâtre revit et accueille des festivals de théâtre et de musique classique, mais je n’ai pas eu la chance d’en profiter !
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Incredible roman city of extremadura

Shocked is the word which I let myself Mrida is incredible that we have this here is Spain, and half of us do not know what hearsay. I loved my visit to Mrida, this fascinating Roman theater, so in perfect condition, that takes you back to ancient Rome, and think suddenly leave two gladiators to fight in the pit ...

Increíble ciudad romana de extremadura

Estupefacta es la palabra que a mi me dejo Mérida, es increible que tengamos esto aqui es España, y la mitad de nosotros ni lo conozca de oidas.
Me encanto mi visita a Mérida, fascinante este teatro romano, tan en perfecto estado, que te transporta a la antigua Roma, y crees que de repente saldran dos gladiadores a luchar en el foso...
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Something amazing that every time i like to visit!

Emerita Augusta was the consul Marcus Agrippa Build promoter, inaugurated between 16-15 BC, as deduced from the inscriptions located on the two doors to the orchestra. After the scene, was built a large garden surrounded by porches with columns, which served as a recreation area.

Algo impresionante que cada vez me gusta mas visitar!

En Augusta Emerita fue el cónsul Marco Agripa el promotor de la contrucción, inaugurándose entre los años 16-15 a.C., según se deduce de las inscripciones situadas sobre las dos puertas de acceso a la orquesta.

Tras la escena se contruyó una gran zona ajardinada rodeada de pórticos con columnas, que sirvió como área de esparcimiento.
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Living history.

The archaeological set of Mrida is awesome and the best is the Roman Theatre. His inauguration took place approximately in the years 1615 to. C. has undergone renovations over the years depending on the uses that have wanted to give and was abandoned in the fourth century. C. with the entry of Christianity I l being largely buried under sand. Worth the visit that thanks to its degree of conservation you can do to the idea of ​​Roman theaters were like. Also you can assist in any representation, choice of spectacles: theater, dance, pear, cinema

Para vivir la historia.

El conjunto arqueológico de Mérida es impresionante y lo mejor es el Teatro Romano. Su inauguración se produjo aproximadamente en los años 16—15 a. C.

Ha sufrido remodelaciones a lo largo de los años dependiendo de los usos que se le han querido dar y fue abandonado hacia el siglo IV d. C. con la entrada del cristianismo quedando gran parte de él sepultado bajo arena.

Merece la pena visitarlo por que gracias a su grado de conservación te puedes hacer a la idea de como eran los teatros romanos.
También se puede asistir en él a alguna representación, hay variedad de espectáculos: teatro, danza, ópera, cine…
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Merida is a spanish city, capital of ...

Merida is a Spanish city, capital of Extremadura. It is a major tourist city. It is rich in historical monuments and attracts many tourists throughout the year. One of the major tourist attractions in Merida is the Roman theater. From history we know that the theater was built in the years 16-15 BC. I invite you to discover this amazing theater, you will not regret.

Mérida est une ville espagnole, capitale de l'Estrémadure. C'est une ville touristique très importante. Elle est riche en monuments historiques et attire nombreux touristes toute l'année.
L'un des sites touristiques incontournables de Mérida est le théâtre romain. De l'histoire on connaît que ce théâtre a été construit dans les années 16-15 avant Jésus-Christ. Je vous invite à découvrir ce théâtre époustouflant, vous n'allez pas regretter.
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We parked on the side of the reservoi...

We parked on the side of the reservoir and thus saved a good walk, because the front is pedestrian. The ticket office have changed the site to avoid queues reach the road. It's a can because two blockbuster hardly cope when there is demand, so be patient and stock up on refreshments at the attached bar. The archaeological site is one of the most visited in Spain and demonstrates the importance that Emerita Augusta, capital of Lusitania. But it also shows that much remains to be done, not everything should be box office and surveillance, theater and amphitheater are semiexcavar and that's disappointing. The upper structures and internal galleries are to rebuild. The theater has a capacity for 6000 spectators. It is fairly well preserved, being built by order of the consul Marcus V. Agrippa in the year 15. C., but was rebuilt in Roman times a few times, so that the front stage does not correspond to the original iconography but the official form of Constantine. The stands are very worn, noticing a lot of rebuilding. The orchestra is quite good and the stage of 64 x 7.5 equal. Background areas are more or less complete. After the theater is a building called the Basilica House, which could be a staging area for the participating artists are also preserved areas, latrines and a kind of temple side. Right next to the theater is the Amphitheatre. It is usually the first thing to check. Lacks interior galleries, at least not excavated. It opened seven years after the theater, at 8 a. C. It has capacity for 15,000 spectators, with an elliptical because it was adapted to the peculiarities of the terrain. We chose this area because there is a little hill, the Albon, which facilitated the construction. The arena measures 64 x 41 meters. It had 16 gates, but now two are blinded. Just have some painting and other attachments and no marbles that once adorned it. Both buildings were covered by time forming a mountain called the Seven chairs because they were installed on the Moorish kings when taking decisions. Be visited in the morning from 9:30 to 13:45 and afternoons in summer from 17:00 to 19:15 hours and in winter from 16:00 to 18:15 hours. Ideally, buy the City Pass which allows visiting the most important monuments of the city for 10 euros. In special holidays are not extending hours closing at noon.

Aparcamos en un lateral del yacimiento y así nos ahorramos un buen paseo, pues el frente es zona peatonal. La taquilla la han cambiado de sitio para evitar que las colas lleguen a la calzada. Es una lata porque dos taquilleras difícilmente dan abasto cuando hay demanda, así que paciencia y a aprovisionarse de refrescos en el bar anexo.

El conjunto arqueológico es uno de los más visitados de España y demuestra la importancia que tuvo Emerita Augusta, capital de la Lusitania. Pero también demuestra que queda mucho por hacer, no todo debería ser taquilla y vigilancia, teatro y anfiteatro están a semiexcavar y eso es decepcionante. Las estructuras superiores y las galerías internas están por reconstruir.

El teatro tiene una capacidad para 6000 espectadores. Se conserva bastante bien, siendo construido por orden del cónsul Marco V. Agripa en el año 15 a. C., aunque fue remodelado en época romana un par de veces , por lo que el frente escénico no corresponde a la iconografía original sino al modelo oficial de Constantino.

Las gradas están muy gastadas, notándose mucho las reconstruidas. La orquesta está bastante bien y el escenario de 64 x 7.5 igual. Del fondo quedan zonas más o menos completas.

Tras el Teatro se halla un edificio, llamado Casa de la Basílica, que podría ser una zona de preparación para los artistas participantes- También se conservan zonas de las letrinas y una especie de templo lateral.

Justo al lado del Teatro está el Anfiteatro. Normalmente es lo primero que se visita. Carece de galerías interiores, al menos no están excavadas. Se inauguró siete años después del Teatro, en el 8 a. C.

Tiene capacidad para 15.000 espectadores, con una planta elíptica porque se adaptó a las peculiaridades del terreno. Se eligió esta zona por existir un montecito, el Albón, que facilitaba la construcción. La arena mide 64 x 41 metros. Tenía 16 puertas, aunque ahora dos están cegadas. Apenas tiene algún resto de pintura y carece de los aditamentos y mármoles que en su día le adornaron.

Ambos edificios fueron cubiertos por el tiempo formándose una montaña que se llamó de las Siete Sillas, porque sobre ellas se instalaban los reyes moros cuando tomaban decisiones.

Son visitables por la mañana de 9:30 a 13:45 y por las tardes en verano de 17:00 a 19:15 horas y en invierno de 16:00 a 18:15 horas. Lo ideal es comprar el bono turístico que permite visitar los monumentos más importantes de la ciudad por 10 euros. En festivos especiales suelen ampliar el horario no cerrando a mediodía.
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The merida theater festival is undoub...

The Merida Theater Festival is undoubtedly the best excuse to make a trip to this city. To enjoy a play in an environment that's pretty cool! That if better to buy the most expensive tickets in these backed chair, we buy in low central ima cavea and have a little cushion to sit but two hours and back suffers because the site is minimal between your back and knees back . jacket also served us well, started at 11 and 12 refreshed;)

El Festival de Teatro de Mérida es sin duda la mejor excusa para hacer una escapada a esta ciudad.
Poder disfrutar de una obra de teatro en un entorno así es algo genial!
Eso si mejor comprar las entradas mas caras que estas en silla con respaldo, nosotros compramos en cavea ima central baja y tienes un cojincito para sentarte pero dos horas y la espalda se resiente porque el sitio es mínimo entre tu espalda y las rodillas del de atrás. una chaqueta también nos fue útil, empezó a las 11 y a las 12 refrescaba ;)
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