Roman Theatre in Málaga
The Roman Theatre was built in the age of Augustus and remained in use until the third century. Beginning with the arrival of the Arabs it served as a source of stone for the new structures erected by the conquerors, as occurred with even the most notable ancient monuments. This interesting Roman ruin, which gives an idea of the importance of the city in that era, sits at the foot of the hill on which the Alcazaba stands. In the latter monument are to be found numerous column shafts and capitals that were taken from the theatre and reused. The theatre was discovered in 1951 when the decision was made to put the garden adjacent to the Casa de la Cultura (House of Culture) in order.
Once the area that was not covered by the Casa de la Cultura was excavated the archaeologists realised the importance of the find and there was a decision to raze the aforementioned building. Although excavations continue, at this time almost all the elements of the theatre, such as the entrance to the proscenium or stage, the 15-metre orchestra area, the "cávea" (seating area) that that has a radius of 31 metres and is 16 metres high, and a "vomitorium" or theatre entrance door have been uncovered. The theatre can be viewed from a vantage point next to the Alcazaba above the last benches in the cávea.
- Located in an urban area