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Patara Theatre, Turkey | by Nejdet Duzen
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Patara Theatre, Turkey

Patara has one of the most famous beaches in Turkey. The theatre of the ancient city located on the shore between Fethiye and Kaş has been protected by the layer of sand that has covered it for hundreds of years and many sections of the theatre have survived intact.

Evidence of life in Patara has been documented as far back as 4,000 years ago. The present form of Patara theatre is most probably an enlarged version built in the Roman era of the wooden theatre of the early period on the same site. The fact that the cavea had already been carved for the earlier theatre made construction an easier task. During the era before the transition to stone theatres, it can be assumed that the wooden theatres needed to be totally replaced every 30 years, which must have been a costly business.

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Taken on April 5, 2012