Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa, the former capital of the Roman province of Dacia and one of the most spectacular excavation sites in Romania, is about to be rebuilt. All thanks to the EU subsidy of EUR 4.5 million.
The ruins of the Amphitheatre and the Forum are to be completely rebuilt, and scientists want to restore their appearance from 2000 years ago. All approvals and funding were obtained for these projects. According to the director of the Museum of Dacco-Roman Civilization – Liliana Tolas – the project aims to save the cultural heritage in which architects, archaeologists and professors were involved.
The works are to start next spring and will last about four years. The project was divided into two stages: the first stage involves renovation works within two years and the next stage is the period of proper construction works. Once built, the Amphitheatre will be able to accommodate 5,000 people and will be a venue for cultural events.
Last year, as many as 90,000 tourists visited the ruins of the former capital of Dacia. However, scientists expect an increase in interest, after the completion of the work, up to a million visitors.
Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa was the capital and largest city of Roman Dacia in the 2nd and 3rd centuries CE.