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“Beautiful Site”

Roman Theatre Museum
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US$580.48*
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Murcia Full Day Private Tour from Cartegena
Ranked #2 of 76 things to do in Cartagena
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Coventry, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
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“Beautiful Site”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Not a place to miss if you are visiting the city, its a gorgeous walk and full of history. I recommend this place.

Visited April 2014
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Banff, United Kingdom
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“Great place to visit”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

A wonderfully preserved bit off roman architecture well worth a visit you can feel the excitement that would have been going on when you sit on the terraces and let your mind run away with itself would recommend ideal for single folk and family's with children real interesting place didn't visit the museum which is nearby but but when in cartegema it's a must see place

Visited April 2014
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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“Well worth an hour of your time”
Reviewed 24 April 2014 via mobile

Starting off going through a modern door in a city centre building can't really prepare you for what's ahead. You travel through the museum and up a set of escalators and suddenly you're in Roman Cartagena! The theatre is a mix of original and restored pieces and gives a good indication of what the theatre was originally like. Not sure if I'd ever go back but it was certainly an hour well spent. Worth mentioning that a tourist ticket costing 12.50 will give access to the theatre, castle and bus tour.

Visited April 2014
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Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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“A Great Monument in a Wonderful Setting...”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

El Museo del Teatro Romano

The entrance to the museum is in Plaza de Héroes Cavite, opposite the tourist information office.

Built in 1908, and inspired by Catalan Modernism, this well restored and good looking building is a fitting introduction to the Roman theatre. Having paid my modest entrance fee and purchased a good quality guide book, written in English, I took a good look around.

All of the interpretation boards and labels for the exhibits are written in both English and Spanish and, although I am not that interested in ancient pottery, I took the time to read the information and get a better understanding of the history of the place.

Unsurprisingly, my attention was drawn to the wide variety of stones that can be seen everywhere - both in the modern architecture and in the ancient artefacts.

Corinthian capitals, carved in both the local sandstone and the finest Carrara marble, have been set aside from the archaeological excavations, together with various statues and inscriptions that have been carved into other stones.

I particularly liked the polished marble that has been used for flooring throughout the museum. I had seen it many times before on the streets of Murcia, and had thought that it was very attractive, but here it adds a real touch of quality.

Being keen to get to see the Roman Theatre itself, I rather hurried around the museum and you could easily spend more time here than I did. Although the exhibits aren't extensive, there are many interactive displays, virtual reconstructions and models that are very informative.

El Teatro Romano

Passing along a subterranean passageway to reach the theatre, various sections of ancient walls provide an insight to the complex construction of the structure.I have always been fascinated by the Romans, with their feats of construction and engineering and, having only had a brief glimpse of the Roman aqueduct in Segovia at night, during my previous visit to Spain, I wanted to make the most of this occasion.

Although my trip to Cartagena coincided with the only cloudy day during my week in Murcia, I was able to take a comprehensive set of photographs that show the theatre in a good light.

Having never seen a structure like this before, I was struck by its dramatic scale and location and, although I have since learned that there has been some criticism of the restoration, as with the Roman theatre in Valencia, I was very impressed by what I saw.

Looking at old photographs, it is very obvious that the site has been enhanced, to attract tourists, but I think that there is a good balance between conservation and restoration.

Together with the displays in the museum, you certainly get a good impression of what the theatre must have been like and I would certainly recommend visitors to the region of Murcia to visit this fascinating place.

Visited January 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Not Worth The Entrance”
Reviewed 17 April 2014

You can see the main amphitheatre without paying and walk virtually all round it. It is well worth seeing. However, the museum staff were less friendly - not letting our school trip from England in at the student rate, as we hadn't booked in advance (so they lost out as only 3 rather than 13 went round at full price). The group who went in agreed it wasn't worth the money. 5 euros for what they suggested was a 45 min visit was also steep.

Visited April 2014
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