Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia, Sagunto’s Roman Theatre


Roman Theatre, Sagunto, Spain

The uphill trek we were warned about wasn’t nearly as bad as our guide intimated. After traveling through the old town, with a stop along the way at the Archeological History Museum, we made it barely winded. We now were approaching the Sagunto Roman Theatre, an 8,000-seat amphitheater used today. And if the theater doesn’t look all that old to you, that’s because it was given a controversial restoration/facelift in 1994.

Sagunto Roman Theatre — New sits atop old

The image above is the façade facing north toward the town of Sagunto. We’re going to make our way around the left side, where you’ll find the entrance looking much as it has for centuries:

Sagunto Roman Theatre entrance

Before we step inside, take a look over that wall to the left (above) and peer down into the medieval Jewish Quarter of Sagunto:

Sagunto’s Medieval Jewish Quarter

Inside the amphitheater with its restored stage you’ll find a contrasting blend of old versus new:

The theater’s restored seating area:

Sagunto Roman Theatre seating area

Time to head back down the hill and rejoin the remainder of our group awaiting us in Plaza Mayor. On the way back, we’ll look up to the castle, down toward Santa María, and take in some street scenes:

Sagunto Castle sits just above the Roman Theatre
You cannot get a complete view of Santa María except from here
Old town view in Sagunto

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