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Restoration Of The 1800-year-old Iznik Roman Theater Completed

The theater, which was built by the Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century by the historian and writer Pliny, who was the Governor of Bithynia, in the Iznik district of Bursa, was reopened to visitors after the completion of the restoration carried out by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

According to the statement made by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, there are historical artifacts in every corner of Iznik, which was founded in 316 BC by Antigonius Monophthalmos, one of the commanders of Macedonian King Alexander the Great, and bears the traces of Bithynia, Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations.

The Iznik Roman Theater, where excavations have been underway since 2015 under the sponsorship of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, is one of the most magnificent surviving works of the Roman period in Anatolia. The theater, which is the only example in Turkey in terms of architecture because it was built on a flat area and raised with vaults, was built by the Roman Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century by the historian and writer Plinius, who was the Governor of Bithynia.

The theater, which once hosted gladiator fights, was used as a religious site after Christianity. The historical structure underwent repairs due to damage caused by major earthquakes in 358, 362 and 368. With the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the excavations in the Iznik Roman Theater, where work began in 1980, were continued by the team headed by the Department of Archaeology of Dokuz Eylül University since 2015 with the involvement of Bursa Metropolitan Municipality.

The theater was reintroduced to tourism by opening it to visitors.


The walls of Iznik, which were started to be built in Iznik in the 4th century BC during the Bithynian Period and were 2.5 kilometers long according to the information given by Strabo, one of the ancient writers, were strengthened and extended after the attacks of the Goths, one of the barbarian tribes living in Northern Europe, in 258, and reached a length of 4 thousand 970 meters with 4 main and 12 secondary gates.

The historical walls and the Istanbul Gate and Yenişehir Gate, which have survived to this day despite the sieges and major earthquakes throughout history, were restored by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality under the Presidency of Iznik Museum with the permission of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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