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Grand Theatre

Coordinate: 37º56’28.37’’K 27º20’30.65’’D Height: 15 m

Grand Theater, one of the well-protected buildings in Ephesus is seen in the north of Marble Street. Ruins of the theater, which was in here in the Hellenistic period and still can be seen today, were started to be built in Emperor Claudius (41-54 A.D.) period and took its final phase in Emperor Trajan (98-117 A.D.) period. Seat of this giant structure with 24.000 seat capacity almost reached 18 meters. St. Paul who was wandering city from city to spread Christianity preached in here.

The street heading west in front of the theater and perpendicular to Marble Street is Port Street. This street extending to Hellenistic period is also known as Arcadiane for being repaired in Emperor Arcadius (395-408 A.D.) period. The street, which is 600 meters long and 11 meters wide, had shops on both sides and it was reaching to the port which is completely filled today.

 

Gymnasium and baths as a big complex were aligned in the north of the street.