Thursday, 3 November 2011
THEATRE OF MARCELLUS - TEATRO DI MARCELLO
Very unusual building that used to be a typical ancient Roman theatre where audience could watch performances of clasicall dramas and songs.
Founded by Emperor Augustus and completed in 13BC, the theatre was named after ceasar's nephew - Marcus Marcellus.
The building had a semicircular plan and was 111m in diameter)as most Roman theatres,was built of tuff and roman mortar and concrete cladded with white travertine.
Using a standard means of roman architectural expression like arches, corridors,vaults the space capable of holding 11000 spectactors was created.
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In the middle ages the building was remodelled and used as a fortress and later in high renaissance - early mannerism, the top, residential storey was designed and built by Baldassare Peruzzi and the structure serves its function until nowadays.