Amphitheatres- Old and New

Last week I blogged about the complimentary city tour of Doha that I went on when I flew Qatar Airways in December.

One of the spots we visited in the city was the Katara Cultural village. True to its name- this is being developed as a cultural and performance venue in Doha. One of the spots we were allowed to wander around for a bit is a brand new magnificent amphitheatre built out of marble.

The amphitheatre is quite spectacular and is an interesting melange of classic (West) and Islamic style. It’s a very successful blend of the old and the new. I’m not sure how many people it can accommodate but certainly at least a few thousands. The amphitheatre is not very tall but it is quite broad and wide. Here are a few photos for you (all shot on my mobile phone- unedited)

Katara Amphitheatre Doha
Exterior- you see the blend of Islamic influence and the classic Ionic pillars
Look at that sparkling marble
Looking up from the New Age Vomitorium
Passageway encircling the amphitheatre

The entire amphitheatre was an ocean of brilliant white- nothing like all the old Roman amphitheatres I had seen- all broken, brown and well old!

And then it struck me- all those old amphitheatres I had seen- were mostly covered in marbles and mosaics when they were built. In fact in their peak they would have looked exactly as spectacular or even more spectacular than the amphitheatre I had seen just now.

Take a look at some of these ancient amphitheatres and let your imagination try and tell you how they would have looked keeping in mind the Katara amphitheatre.

Roman Amphitheatre at Nimes
Roman Amphitheatre at Nimes
Arched Passageway
Arched Passageway at Pompeii Amphitheatre
Colosseo Wedding
Colosseum Flavian Amphitheatre
Scaenae Frons taken with a point and shoot camera
Scaenae Frons at Orange Amphitheatre
The Amphitheatre at Um Qais, Jordan
Artist Conception: Arenes de Lutece
An artist’s conception of how the Amphitheatre at Paris (Lutetia) would have looked like

So what do you think?


10 Comments Add yours

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you so much! My love to Dexter!

  1. nivs24 says:

    Nice clicks. I like the modern one as well as the old ones. Both have their own charm. I guess the modern works because of the structural influences of the region. It would have been flat with rectangular cuts and semi-circle curves.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I guess, I like both versions too- they are all symbols of their time.

  2. v4vikey says:

    Very Beautiful and great photographs ♥♥♥

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you very much!

  3. thatssojacob says:

    Lovely ampitheatres! Come visit my blog and leave a comment, it’s lonely…

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I did too!

  4. Nirmala says:

    Very interesting!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:


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