The statements of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tunç Soyer about Smyrna Ancient Theater made a tremendous impact in the world press. Le Figaro, one of the leading newspapers of France, gave the words of President Soyer, "We will celebrate the 2023th anniversary of our Republic in 100 with an extraordinary concert here".
Le Figaro, one of the leading newspapers in France, gave place to the words of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer about the Smyrna Antique Theatre. In the news published on the culture page, it was stated that President Tunç Soyer wanted to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic in this ancient theater. Newspaper President Soyer's 21 thousand-seat ancient theater with the unearthed, Izmir's new Ephesus kazanHe underlined his words that he will be living in the city, and informed his readers that "There is another ancient theater with a capacity of 24 thousand, considered the largest in the world, in the great archaeological site of Ephesus, located in the south of the region."
President Soyer's “Izmir Antique Theater has become one of the biggest theaters of the Mediterranean between the second and fourth centuries BC as the socio-cultural center of the Old Smyrna city. What made it dazzling was that it was built so that it could see the entire Gulf, ”the report said:
“The rebirth of the theater after 500 years of sleep was recorded as a part of the major restoration and transformation project covering the Kemeraltı Bazaar-Agora and Kadifekale axis of the city. According to the Izmir Mayor, 'it is very important to bring the ancient theater to light on this route'. Envisioning that this new location with Agora will contribute 'greatly to the identity of the city', Soyer said, “When the process is completed, İzmir is a new place for demonstrations. kazanIt will be,” he added. In this historical region, the project of making Kemeraltı-Agora-Kadifekale a center of attraction for tourists by giving it the appearance of 1895 has been going on for many years.”
President Soyer visited the excavation site last week, and Izmir Kâtip Çelebi University Faculty Member and Smyrna Ancient City Excavation Director Assoc. Dr. He had received information from Akın Ersoy. In his statement here, Soyer said that 16 rows of seats were unearthed on the east side of the three-tier audience section of the theater, seven backstage spaces and service corridors in the stage building.
Smyrna Ancient City excavations are supported within the scope of the protocol signed between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Excavations continue on the stage of the ancient theater.