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Orange Roman Theatre
The 2,000-year-old stage wall of the Orange Roman Theatre is in remarkably good condition. Its exceptional acoustical attributes are heralded even today by 21st-century audiences.
Stage wall (see photo)
It serves two main purposes: To enhance acoustics and to hang scenery.
This stone backdrop, in combination with the steeply tiered amphitheatre, allows the non-amplified voices of actors and singers to be easily heard by last-row ticket holders in this 8,000 seat venue.
The wall is massive. It measures 38 meters (125 feet) high and 103 meters (340 feet) wide
decline and restoration
After the fall of Rome, the wonder suffered dearly from pillage, neglect, the elements, among other destroyers. The structure was restored in the 19th century.
Today, a celebrated mid-summer international festival named the Choregies is held in the Orange Roman Theatre. It features famous operas performed by world-class singers.
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