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The Roman Theatre of Cádiz

The Roman Theatre of Cádiz (Gades) was “rediscovered” in 1980 when some old foundry workshops were being demolished. Until then, it had remained hidden. Cádiz, due to lack of space, has always had a habit of building on top of previously constructed buildings.

Nowadays, modern buildings such as the municipal nursery that borders the theater, along with buildings that make up the Pópulo neighborhood, as well as the remaining ruins of the medieval city, prevent the excavation of the theater in its entirety.

Why not take a guided tour of Cádiz city that includes a visit to the Roman Theatre?
Some facts about the Roman theatre in Cádiz
  • The Cádiz Theater is one of the largest theaters, with a cavea diameter of 118 meters and a capacity of around 10,000 spectators.
  • It is the oldest theater among those known in the Iberian Peninsula.
  • It is one of the few public buildings of Roman Hispania mentioned in works by figures such as Cicero or the Greek historian Strabo.
  • Cicero himself commented that a play written by Balbo, the younger, founder of Neapolis, the new city, was performed in the theater of Gades, and that the actor who played it was so ugly and did so poorly that Balbo ordered him executed!
The Roman Theater Interpretation Center

This museum offers a complete view of the site and its historical context. The center is organized through a series of models, images, plans, archaeological material, and other elements throughout five rooms.

The exhibition tour concludes with the projection of an educational audiovisual for all types of audiences. Along with the summarized information about the theater, it offers a virtual recreation of the building as it was in its origins, as well as its functionality, its role within the Roman city, its creators, and ultimately, its importance in the context of a city that is over three thousand years old.

The Roman Theater Interpretation Center’s opening hours are:
  • Winter (October 1st to March 31st): from 10 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.
  • Summer (April 1st to September 30th): from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday. On Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm.

Closed: The first Monday of each month and 1st, 6th of January, 1st of May, 24th, 25th y 31st de December

Address C. Mesón, 11, 13, 11005 Cádiz

The official website in Spanish) is here.

Find out more about the museums in Cádiz city here: https://visitingcadiz.com/museums-in-cadiz/

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What to See and Do in Cádiz: A Comprehensive Guide

Cádiz, a gem in southern Spain, offers an enchanting mix of historical richness, vibrant culture, and stunning coastal beauty. Whether you’re a history buff, a beach lover, or an avid foodie, Cádiz has something to captivate your interest. In this article, What to see and do in Cádiz: A Comprehensive Guide, we’ll explore the top sights and activities that make Cádiz a must-visit destination.

Historical Landmarks in Cádiz

Cádiz Cathedral

The Cádiz Cathedral, known as the “Cathedral of the Americas,” is an architectural marvel. Its golden dome, visible from afar, beckons visitors to explore its Baroque and Neoclassical splendor. Inside, the soaring ceilings and exquisite chapels leave a lasting impression. Climb the Poniente Tower for panoramic views of the city and the sea.

You might be forgiven for thinking that the cathedral has an “Italian” look and feel as the building combines Spanish architectural tradition with Italian Baroque forms. The plans of Gothic origins also coincided with the works of Italian architects at the time. However, the original plans did go through many changes and directions right up to when the ground was consecrated in 1838

Roman Theatre in Cádiz

Discovered in 1980, the Roman Theatre of Cádiz is one of the largest and oldest in Spain. This ancient structure offers a glimpse into the city’s Roman past. Wander through the ruins and imagine the bustling life that once animated this grand stage.

Teatro Romano in Cádiz
The Interpretation Center of the Theatrum Balbi (Balbo Theatre) has explanatory panels, images, models and audiovisual displays.
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