Theater Cavea 2

Theater Cavea 2

View looking south at the southern portion of cavea (seating sections) of the theater at Perge.  From the lower center proceeding upward note the portion of the orchestra area and the remnants of the later wall that protected spectators from the animals and combatants when the orchestra functioned as an arena.  Some portions of the wall seem to have a "net–like" design. 

Above the orchestra "wall" five sections of the lower cavea are visible, above them is the belt/walkway (diazoma) that separated the lower cavea from a higher portion.

On the left (east) note the significant remnants of marble slabs that still grace the skene.

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.