Dating back to the 4th century B.C, the theatre is well preserved and a great picture into the past of Bodrum and historical significance of the region, the Amphitheatre was originally built around with three main parts – the Skene (stage area), the Orchestra, and the Cavea (audience seating area).
Classical in design, the Amphitheatre is a fine example of Greek architecture and in its heyday, had a seating capacity of around 13,000 and was regularly used for Gladiator fights and plays. In fact, still today you can find some of the seats inscribed with names of those who helped pay for and design the theatre.
After evacuations in 1973, it was decided that the Amphitheatre would be used as an open-air museum. In fact, excavations are still on going today, with more history and culture to discover on the site.
In peak summer months, you can find concerts and other high quality shows on display. You can regularly find some of Turkey’s top stars performing at the theatre and even some world-renowned international artists. It is also used during the September Festival. Those who own properties in Bodrum or those who live in the region are regular visitors throughout the year to the many concerts you can expect.
Anyone wanting to visit the Bodrum Amphitheatre will have to pay a small entrance fee for admittance – usually around 5 Euros, although it is well worth the fee just for the views alone. Located on a hillside overlooking Bodrum, the theatre offers classic views over Bodrum Castle and the Harbour.
During peak season, opening hours at the theatre are from 8:00 until 19:00. If you are visiting during peak season, it is worth it to wake up early to beat the queues and traffic of tourists you could find inside during summer. During off peak months, the theatre is normally open from around 8:30 until 16:30.
Located on the road leading to Gumbet, you will find the Amphitheatre in Goktepe, at the main road Kibris Sehitler Cad. It is an easy drive from anywhere in Bodrum for those who have cars, or there are several public transport options available for a small fee – a Dolmus from Gumbet will take you only 10 minutes to get to the site.
The Amphitheatre is one of the best preserved sites of ancient Halicarnassus, with so much history attached to it, and so much to discover; the sheer size of the site makes it well worth a visit. If you live in Bodrum or are planning a visit, the Bodrum Amphitheatre should surely be sitting at the top of your list of places to see in Bodrum.