The first archaeological excavation of the site took place in 1969, however the history of the theatre was not fully unearthed until excavations resumed in 2007. The theatre was originally thought to be remains of an ancient Roman circus (a stadium used for chariot races), but further excavations proved it to be the site of a theatre, rather than stadium. The site is situated on a hillside between a medieval castle and a church built on the foundation of an ancient Roman temple and gives a beautiful view of the surrounding area. The theatre was constructed using stones extracted from the surrounding mountains, and has been partially reconstructed to provide visitors with a more complete picture of what once stood. The Roman Theatre of Medellín composes part of a nearly 12 hectare archaeological site, of which only a small portion has been fully excavated.
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