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)
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.
So what do you think?