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The theatre of Petra is located at the foot of a mountain called el-Nejr and is located down from the iconic treasury building. Built in the first century CE the theatre was constructed in such a way to ensure the greatest number of tombs were within view of the spectators. The theatre has 45 rows of seats divided horizontally, constructed to keep the sun out of the way of spectators. The theatre was documented in 2012 as part of the EU funded ATHENA project (Ancient Theaters Enhancement for New Actualities). The program was first deployed in 2009 and was concerned with the innovation, protection and preservation of ancient theaters across the Euromed region. Inherent as well is making the people, local communities, diverse actors across the Mediterranean more appreciative of the value of these theaters to making them more sustainable for future generations.


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