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Teatro Romano(Sagunto)

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Some studies of the archaeological remains allow to establish a first phase of construction around the year 50, and a second in the middle of the third century, a phase during which the building would have been remodeled. It is not known when the theater was abandoned. A tenth-century Arabic text by Al-Razi alludes to a palace, an assessment that may suggest that the author saw a part of the colonnade of the stage still standing since, in fact, stratigraphic analyses of the excavations date the collapse of the same before the end of the sixteenth century.

From the Middle Ages onwards the theater was only an outpost of the castle and had, therefore, a military use, which contributed to its partial preservation. It is possible that the movements of the Germanías, in which Sagunto was involved, and the repression of these movements led to the definitive collapse of the stage.

In 1984 the idea of rehabilitating the theater for its use was born and the project, the work of architects Giorgio Grassi and Manuel Portaceli, was approved by the Generalitat Valenciana in 1988 and by the City Council of Sagunto in 1989. Its execution was carried out between 1990 and 1994 and from the beginning there was criticism against what was considered the construction of a new theater on the destruction of the Roman one.

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