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In 1990 the first remains of what would be one of the most interesting monuments of the city of Cartagena were discovered accidentally. It is one of the largest and most comprehensive Roman theatres throughout Spain and Europe, after the amazing one in Merida. It was built in 44 BC, when Octavian Augustus was emperor and Cartagena was a Roman colony going through a period of high population and economic development. From its location, the theatre has witnessed different periods of the history of Cartagena, since the Roman Empire, up to the present, overlapping constructions of each of the historical periods. The Roman Theatre was built almost entirely in the rock on a hill. Thanks to the reuse of the remains of the theatre in the 5th Century market, 60% of the authentic materials of the theatre have been preserved. Visitors can also find Greek marble sculptures brought from Rome. © iStock/Rudolf Ernst