Museu do Teatro Romano
Type: Architecture, Attractions, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sightseeing, Unusual
The partially excavated ruins of Lisbon's Roman amphitheatre require some imagination to envisage how this 5,000-seat arena must have once looked, but it's still nevertheless worth a detour. Laid out... Read More
The partially excavated ruins of Lisbon's Roman amphitheatre require some imagination to envisage how this 5,000-seat arena must have once looked, but it's still nevertheless worth a detour. Laid out in Alfama near the castle, the amphitheater is the only example of its kind in Portugal. Its foundations date back to the the time of Emperor Augustus in 10 BCE. The arena was expanded in 57 CE as the prestige of Lisbon as an important trading port grew throughout the Roman Empire. To be honest there's not much to see on site. Artifacts of value unearthed in situ are displayed in the neighbouring Museum do Teatro Romano, items that include a tablet with an inscription dedicated to Emperor Nero, and a statue of Silenus, the old rustic Greek god of wine-making and drunkenness and companion and tutor to the wine god Dionysus.
Hours:Due to COVID-19, please check with the attraction for the most recent updates to their opening hours.
- Free Things to Do: "While the museum is a paid-for attraction, visitors to the free to enter theatre ruins are able to admire a series of excavated foundations set within the museum from an exterior gallery above."
- Historic Sites: "As a curtain raiser, visit the museum first, which highlights Roman civilization in Olissippo from the 1st century up until the mid-5th century AD."
- Best for Free Things to Do Because: This is the only vestige of a Roman amphitheatre in Portugal and serves as a reminder of a unique period in Lisbon's long and illustrious history.
- Best for Historic Sites Because: A free attraction, the museum and adjacent theatre does a pretty good job in highlighting what the site would have looked like back in the day.