The Roman Theater in Malaga – Review 

The impressive Roman theater in Málaga is located near the Alcazaba and built during the reign of Emperor Augustus, making good
use of the hillside. The ruins still have some of the marble furnishings.

Castillo de Gibralfaro (440 ft. above sea level): The castle’s name comes from the
Arab term for ‘castle of the lighthouse. The Arab fort was probably preceded by a
Phoenician building. However, the building acquired its present form under the Nas-
rite ruler Yusuf I in the 14C. There is a beautiful Arab gate set into the wall. The
former mosque lies within the castle area. A double wall joins up with the Alcazaba

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Roman Theater Málaga

Roman Theater in Málaga – Overview

The Roman theater in Malaga is the archaeological remains of the ancient Malacca theater and the main vestige of the Roman Empire’s presence in Malaga. It is located in the historic center of the city, at the foot of the Alcazaba hill.

Roman theater of malaga during the day

The theater dated back to the first years of the Roman Empire. Its design corresponds to a mixed construction that combines the use of the hillside for the bleachers – in the style of the ancient Greek theaters – with an important portion of the construction where the rock is non-existent, creating the necessary space for the stands.

The theater is medium-sized and is largely intact, in particular, the cavea or bleachers are very well preserved. The orchestra richly decorated with large marble slabs, and the scaena, or main stage, has been reproduced with a wooden floor, similar to the one that would have been used. The stage apparatus would close at the back with an ornamental façade decorated with openings, columns, and sculptures, of which several specimens have been recovered.

Roman theater of malaga from above

The Theater was discovered in 1951 while undertaking some construction work. At first, the remains were thought to be one of the gates in the cities old fortified wall. But, shortly after, as they uncovered more of the ruins, archeologists discovered that it was actually the Aditus Maximus of a theatrical building. 

It is currently an archaeological site whose ownership and management corresponds to the Junta de Andalucía. It is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday, and your visit is articulated between an interpretation center that is located next to the theater, and the site in question whose route is possible through wooden walkways.

The Roman theater of Malaga has been declared an Asset of Cultural Interest (BIC) with the category of Artistic Monument, by Decree dated March 16, 1972. In the current urban planning it is cataloged with grade A, comprehensive protection, by the General Plan of Urban Planning of Malaga.

When was the Roman theater in Málaga built? 

The origins of what would become the Roman city of Malacca date back to the 7th-6th centuries BC with the constitution of the Phoenician city of Malaka.

The theater itself was built in the first century BC, and was used until the 3rd century AC. 

Who built the Roman theater in Málaga? 

Malaga was conquered by the Romans from the Carthaginians in 218 BC. The theater was built in the time of Julius Caesar Augustus, in the 1st century AD. The Emperor Vespasian granted Malaca the Lex Flavia Malacitana, which made the city a municipality under Latin law. Taking advantage of the urban physiognomy and its culture, they built a whole great city that was supplied with the influences that its proximity to the sea offered, gradually turning it into the image and likeness of the Roman ones. Public spaces such as hot springs, administrative buildings, and entertainment buildings were built.

The theater of Malaga theater fell into disuse by the middle of the 3rd century AD, changing its surroundings for large pools that served the salting industry, and from the 5th century, the area would be used as a burial place.


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