Western Wall Theatre

It is a Roman theatre dating to the 130 CE according to the latest coins found. Built in a classical Roman style, the theater is located under Wilson’s Arch, which serves as its roof. According to Uziel, the theatre was never fully finished, stairs are not fully hewn and there are rocks that have guide marks but weren’t fully carved. It is possible that the Bar Kochba Revolt interrupted its construction. This points to mounting evidence of Roman-era habitation of the site.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 130 CE Located eight meters below the Wilson's Arch, the structure served as an odeon (a small acoustic roofed theater) or a bouleuterion (a city council), or even perhaps both. It a small stage with seating for about 200 individuals, complete with an orchestral section.
c. 130 CE Another eight courses of the Western Wall were discovered in the excavation.
c. 130 CE The structure also appears to be unfinished, as builders did not complete carving some of the sets of stairs, and some of the rocks have guide marks which have not been fully hewn. It is speculated that the when the revolt erupted it was underconstruction and was never completed.
c. 130 CE The structure leans against the Western Wall, Lieberman noted that the backs of the audience would face the Temple Mount, perhaps hinting at the unimportance of the site to the Roman audience.
Latest Update: June 24, 2018