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.
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:
Before we step inside, take a look over that wall to the left (above) and peer down into the medieval Jewish Quarter of Sagunto:
Inside the amphitheater with its restored stage you’ll find a contrasting blend of old versus new:
The theater’s restored 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: