You’ve probably seen grand stadiums around the world that seat thousands of people. However, the amphitheater at Petra is awe-inspiring in design and brilliant in creativity. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size of this creation which was completely cut out of rock. Originally, the amphitheater could seat only 300 people in 11 rows.
Once the Romans took over Petra in 106 CE, they added several sections of rows which increased the capacity to over 8000 seats. The extensions were made mainly at the orchestra's floor level. It currently has about 40 rows across 131 feet in diameter. It is said that most of the seating was carved from the mountain except for the outer ends.
If you take a closer look at the back wall, you’ll see holes which are actually tombs that were destroyed while the Nabataea constructed this ancient-day marvel. Right at the center, there once stood a large backdrop made of stone. However, the earthquake of 363 CE destroyed a large part of it. Efforts were made to reconstruct the back wall as well as the stage area but it still does not reflect its original state.
As you leave footprints in the Jordanian sand, we hope your path will cross the amphitheater in Petra, and that you will be able to appreciate the workmanship and skill that went into the making of this remarkable archaeological site. It will certainly take you back to a bygone era.