Unearthing The Little-Known Ancient Theatres Of Greece’s Epirus Region

Greece’s Epirus region hosts 5 of the country’s most important ancient theatres. Some are famous, but others little-known. Now, a European-backed project will restore these architectural treasures from antiquity and weave them into a brand new tourist trail.

The circuit includes the sites of Dodona, Gitana, Amvrakia, Kassope and the Roman theatre of Nikopolis. From its inception, this project has been backed and co-financed by the European Union.

Though key to the project, the team’s ambition goes beyond just renovating these ancient landmarks for people to observe.

“We are used to archaeological sites being extensive ruins that must be discovered. Yet, theatres are constructions that have, an inherent sociability. An ancient theatre can be used to teach theatre; it can be used for educational purposes,” explains architect and engineer Georgios Smyris. “People can meet and interact. The goal is not only to see but to use. This is the great challenge faced.”

The Epirus region joined forces with the DIAZOMA association to launch this project called “The Cultural Route of the Αncient Τheaters of Epirus”.

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