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Theater Interior
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View looking north, the stage area is on the right (east) and seats of the cavea are visible on the far side. The theater at Perge is actually well preserved, but has not been reconstructed and is generally not open to the public. It could accommodate about 14,000 spectators. It is located south and west of the stadium - in what might be called the "entertainment district" of Perge.

Its original construction was during the Hellenistic period in the Greek style — cavea larger than a semi–circle, built into a hillside, etc. It was reconstructed during the Roman era and was in existence when Paul, Barnabas, and John Mark visited the city.

For a closer view of the reliefs fronting the stage area click here.

For a brief description of the biblical and historical significance of Perge click here.