The ancient Roman theatre of Milos is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the Cyclades.
The theatre built during the Hellenistic period seated approximately 8000 spectators and is perched on a hillside overlooking the ancient port of Klima.
“The ancient theatre of Milos is once again, after decades, a venue of culture. It is my great pleasure to deliver a great monument, not just for Milos but for the entire country, which was completed with European funds and can now become what it was centuries ago; a beacon of culture,” said Giorgos Hatzimarkos, prefect of the Southern Aegean region during the official announcement.
Discovered in 1735 accidently by the travelling Jesuit monk Nicolas Sarrabat the first excavations began in 1816 and 1817 by the German architect Carl Haller von Hallerstein, who later bought the theatre on behalf of the heir and future King of Bavaria Ludwig I, who visited Milos in 1836.
The monument was later donated to his son, Otto, the King of Greece.