COORDINATES: 36º14’45.27’’N // 29º48’54.07’’E
TIPOLOGY: Greek theatre. Not urban.
DATE: Last III or first II B.C.
CAPACITY: 2.500 spectators.
CAVEA: Facing south. 55 m. diameter. Built against low hill. Exceeds semicircle. Maeniana: Ima cavea with 10 rows of seats in 5 cunei; summa cavea with 14 rows of seats in 5 cunei.
ORCHESTRA: 14,5 m. diameter.
STAGE BUILDING: It was carved on rock and with rectangular shape. It has not been excavated, only some proscaenium remains are visible.
LOCATION: On a lower summit west of the ancient city. The theatre is on a hill up of modern little village of Yavu Köy, 60 klm. west from Kumluca.
MY BEDSIDE TABLE: Yilmaz, Yasar; “Anadolu Antik Tiyatrolari”. Istanbul, Yem Yanin, 2010. // Sear, Frank; “Roman theatres: an architectural study”. Oxford University Press, 2006. // Ciancio Rossetto, Paola; Giuseppina Pisani Sartorio (eds); “Teatri Greci e Romani: alle origini del linguaggio rappresentato”. Rome: SEAT, 1995. // Bean, George; “Lycian Turkey”. London, Ernst Benn, 1978.
OUT OF PRINT: First time I visited Cyaneae it was a storm winter day, it was all the day raining and cloudy, with a dense fog that covered the day with a spooky atmosphere. I knew the ancient theatre was up of the hill, but did not know the exact place. I started to climb awkwardly, I has lost the way and shrubs and bushes were my friends in my walk, soon my raincoat torned, I was walking around the fog about two hours, the fog was dense and I was soggy, that day I knew than even a good goretex boats finished soaking. When I was thinking about how to return because I was absolutely lost, the fog opened a little light window and an impressive greek theatre appeared... one of my favourites. I came back to Cyaneae in 2008, it was a clear day and it was easy to find the theatre... Cyaneae is like to take a walk by the moon, a place without words.