RC - Patras, Restoration and preservation of the Roman amphitheatre of Patras

Short description: 

Roman amphitheatre of Patras is one of the most important and most impressive monuments of city. Constitutes infrequent example of such structure and is dated in the dues of the 1st century A.C., season of bigger development of Roman Patras. It is found in the historical centre of city, in the axis that is fixed by the Castle, the Roman Odeum and the harbour. The bigger part of the theatre is found under the existing buildings while a small department of concave has been revealed by older excavations. With the program is proposed the demolition of 25 buildings inside the declared archaeological space, at way so that the space will be unified and be released before the beginning of the works. Then will be carried out the fencing and cleaning of the area as well as the configuration of a space that will be used for the information of the visitors. Also is programmed work that concerns the placement of outposts, the manufacture of shelters for the protection of Monument afterwards his revelation and also fixing work that will be required depending on the situation of conservation of Monument. The works today are in process.

Start date: 
01/07/2002
Place: 
Patras
Country: 
Greece
Region: 
Western Greece

Scale
Local

Phase

Realization

 

Type(s) of MILU


Intensifying of space for one function.

 
Theme(s)

RED - the urban fabric and its infrastructure.
 
Partners

Initiative:

Ministry of Culture

Planning and design:

Ministry of Culture

Realisation:
 
Lessons learned

The demand for the restoration and preservation of Roman amphitheatre constituted constant demand of city for many years with continuous publications in the local press and reports of deputies of prefecture in the Greek Parliament. The value of this Monument had been also taken into consideration in the first urban drawing of city of Patras in 1835, where the space that it occupied had been excluded from construction. However it became trespass of space, the monument filled in, and were built constructions on it. After the completion of the works, the monument will be rendered an organised space with increased number of visitors and is forecasted to contribute to the development of tourism movement of the area. After the revelation of the amphitheatre, and depending on its maintenance situation, it will be used for theatrical or musical events, either in concave or in the arena, with the placement of mobile seats and scene. The underground corridor under concave will be used for artistic and athletic events. It is expected that during both the implementation of the works and the operation of the archaeological space will be created new places of work. 
The appointment and exploitation of the Roman amphitheatre will contribute to the total upgrade of historical centre of the city. Also there are no adverse effects to the environment.