Miletus is known for its gigantic Hellenistic theater, reconstructed by the Romans. The theater benches are decorated with animal legs and paws along the aisles. The theatre is amazingly intact and even has, running behind the main seating area, corridors and tunnels that are laid out just like those in a modern large theatre or sports stadium.
Miletus' theater is large, with a facade of 460 ft (140 m) and a present height of 100 ft (30 m) high. It was originally built in the 4th century BC, but modified and enlarged under Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century AD to seat 25,000 spectators. Also added in the Roman period was a third floor to the stage building, which was decorated with columns and hunting scenes with Eros.
In the center of the first two rows, four columns designated a special box for the emperors. The ancient theater at Miletus, used by Lycians, the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. A tunnel runs below the terraced seating around the 2nd century BC theatre at Miletus. The harbour was in front of the theatre and all the low lying land was sea in the first century. Ancient theatre at Miletus. It is now crowned with the remains of an Ottoman fort.