Alexandria Amphitheater (Kom el-Dikka)
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Located in the heart of Alexandria, Kom el-Dikka is an extensive Roman theatrical and residential complex. It includes the only known Roman amphitheater in Egypt, an impressively well-preserved structure composed of thirteen terraces. This was constructed in the traditional Greek style , with a flat stage in the center on the lowest level, and raised rows that ascend in steps surrounding three-quarters of the stage. The bench-style seats are all carved out of white or gray marble except for the first row, which is of red granite. Visitors can see, if they look very closely, the remnants of Roman numerals chiseled into each row. The oldest part of the theater consisted of approximately sixteen or seventeen rows of seats, allowing for an audience of 700 to 800 people. It was eventually expanded to include exclusive “boxes” on the highest level for the upper echelons of society.

Current excavations at the edge of the site have uncovered Roman baths, lecture halls, and a small village, the centerpiece of which is the Villa of the Birds, a large house filled with beautiful mosaics. At the site is a small outdoor exhibition of Pharaonic and Greco-Roman era objects that have been found beneath the waters of the nearby harbor.

HOURS OF OPERATION:
Open daily, 8 AM – 5 PM
Ramadan: 9 AM – 4 PM

TICKET COST:
Roman Amphitheater: Egyptian: 2 LE
Foreign: 15 LE
Tripod: 20 LE

Villa of the Birds: Egyptian: 2 LE
Foreign: 10 LE
50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

LOCATION:
Sharia Yousef, on Midan al-Gamhouriya, Alexandria.

DIRECTIONS:
BY BUS or TRAIN: Buses and trains run regularly from Cairo and surrounding major cities to Alexandria.

BY TAXI: From within Alexandria, ask for “al-masraH al-romani”

CONTACT INFO: Phone: (03) 486 5106

The site is not wheelchair accessible, though a view of it from above is possible.

The Roman Theater at Kom el-Dikka (Mohamed Megehed)

 

Kom el-Dikka, with the theater in the foreground and the Villa of the Birds in the background (Mohamed Megehed)