Museu do Teatro Romano
Type: Attractions, Family Friendly, Free Attractions, Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sightseeing, Unusual
This historic site, located in Lisbon's Alfama district, exemplifies Roman presence in the city. Combining a museum with the ruins of an ancient theatre, the Roman Theatre Museum works as a cultural... Read More
This historic site, located in Lisbon's Alfama district, exemplifies Roman presence in the city. Combining a museum with the ruins of an ancient theatre, the Roman Theatre Museum works as a cultural space to promote the ruins, which date from 57 AD, as well as the finds excavated from the vicinity. The theatre was built when Emperor Augustus wielded power, and Lisbon was knows as Olissippo. Abandoned in the fourth century AD, the structure was completely buried after the great earthquake of 1755. It was rediscovered in the 1960s, and archaeologists began in earnest to reveal the theatre's broken foundations. By using your imagination you can just about bring the sparse ruins back to life – the 'orchestra pit' is still discernible.
- Tue-Sun 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm
- Historic Sites: "As a curtain raiser, visit the museum first, which highlights Roman civilisation in Olissippo from the 1st century up until the mid-5th century AD."
- 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.