The excavations in Gortyn are one of the most important in Crete. It was Gortyna that for nine centuries, until 824 AD, served as the capital of Crete. It is no wonder then that it is also one of the most extensive archaeological sites on the island. And it is with Gortyna that today's very positive news is related.
These excavations have today been guaranteed funding for the next stage of work related to the discovery of the ancient theater. The earlier stages of the excavation works carried out in 2011-2012 and 2014-2015 were financed by the Crete Region, however, due to the wide scope of activities, they were not completed. The new project provides for the continuation and completion of work related to the discovery and restoration of the Grand Theater.
According to archaeological research, this theater belongs to the category of large Roman theaters with a maximum diameter of 93 meters and an estimated capacity of approximately 7,500 spectators. It is undoubtedly the most important and largest ancient theater in Crete. The current work, which is expected to take two years, is supported by the Region of Crete with € 240,000 available from its own resources. Funds were also reserved in this amount for the subsequent promotion of this place.
Certainly, this theater will not only attract tourists, but will also be used at selected local events. If any of you have already been to Gortyn, after the work is completed and the theater is open to the public, you will have a good reason to go back to the former capital of Crete