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Theater From Above
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View looking west down on a portion of the cavea [semi–circular seating area] of the unexcavated theater with the orchestra area in the left-center of the image. The excavator estimates that the theater could hold about 5,000 persons seated on some 26 rows of seats.

Above the theater, the outline of St. Paul Church is visible.  Note the snow on the mountain peaks in the distance.

The theater was built during the Hellenistic period and expanded by the Romans. It was in existence when Paul and Barnabas visited the city.