The theatre conservation project continues in spring

December, 10 2013 | Ioannes Stobaeus


The initial stage of the project for conservation and restoration of the theatre in Stobi was conducted during October and November. The activities included conservation and reconstruction of the radial walls 15, 16, 17 and 18 of the ima cavea and the vaults between them, conservation, restoration and reconstruction of the damaged parts of the second circular wall (35 metres in length and 1.5 – 2 metres in height), and conservation and reconstruction of the walls of the central and eastern radial corridor. At the end of this season, the building is prepared for reconstruction of the vaults of the central radial corridor and the lateral rooms, the reconstruction of the vault of the central circular corridor and the reconstruction of the mortar bedding for the marble seats. The eastern half of the ima cavea is expected to be fully prepared for the new marble seats at the end of 2014.


The project also includes conservation of the western half where the original seats are preserved, as well as conservation of the substructure of the upper part of the auditorium where the corridors for circulation of the audience are preserved. 


The construction of the theatre in Stobi was initiated at the end of the 1st century AD, but the building was finished in the first half of the 2nd century AD. The theatre had the capacity of 7 600 visitors and was one of the largest buildings for mass entertainment in the Roman province of Macedonia. 


The NI Stobi project for conservation, restoration and reconstruction of the theatre in Stobi is financed by the Ministry of Culture through the Annual program for projects of national cultural interest.


See the gallery from the conservation.

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