Back in September, we were excited to report that the restoration of Telmessos Theatre had started. Since then, we’ve done a couple of updates and, last time we posted about scaling the perimeter walls of Fethiye’s Telmessos Theatre, we said we’d leave it a while before we did another update. The restoration was at a stage where it looked as though developments wouldn’t be readily visible to the layman’s our eyes, at least for a few weeks. Boulders were being unearthed by hand and it was obviously going to take time as the workers carefully scraped earth away to reveal the shape of the theatre.
Over the weekend, we decided to head on into town to see if there was any more progress. It’s been four months but we weren’t hopeful because the winter’s been so wet and work must surely have been hampered. But our little effort to walk into Fethiye was duly rewarded and slowly, slowly, Telmessos Theatre is becoming a 21st century centrepiece for the town.
The name of this project is Telmessos Antik Tiyatrosu Restorasyonu ve Onarım İşi (Telmessos Antique Theatre Restoration and Repair Work / Project). What is happening here is an effort to repair and recreate what once was – so that Fethiye has a showpiece that is also practical. Sadly, much of the original stonework is gone – used as foundations in the rebuilding of homes after the 1957 earthquake or used to build the present day harbour walls, depending on which source you read.