Photographer's Note

This is situated below Samuel's Fortress and close to the Upper Gate on the eastern slope of the hill of Ohrid, just right below this bell from which an unforgettable vista of the lake and the surrounding mountains can be obtain.

The Classical Theatre was build about 2 000 years ago, either in the late Hellenistic period or shortly after the roman conquest. The first recorded mentions of the existence of the theatre were made at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries
The theatre was discovered in the central part of Varosh, in 1935 by the archaeologist Nikola Vulic and during the archaeological excavations during 1959 - 1960 by the Ohrid archaeologist Vasil Lahtov.

According to the analysis of the inscriptions found in the theatre it is presumed that it was used for theatre performances - plays, and after the Roman conquest of the town, the theatre was turned into an arena for gladiator fights. It was adorned by numerous sculptures and reliefs that are preserved to the present days. Particularly attractive are the two relief tablets that depict the God Dionysus and the muses - patrons of poetry and theatrical plays

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