López Miras announces the opening of the portico of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena to the public with guided tours

The President of the Government of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, the Mayoress of Cartagena, Noelia Arroyo, and the Director of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena, Elena Ruiz Valderas, visit the mural with the pieces recovered from the portico.
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The president of the Government of the Region of Murcia, Fernando López Miras, announced on Monday that the portico of the Roman Theatre of Cartagena will be opened to the public with scheduled and guided tours that will take place, for the time being, every Saturday in January and February, at 11.00 am.

Specifically, citizens will be able to appreciate the recovery of the western portico located behind the theatre stage, once the first phase of the excavations have been completed, according to sources from the Community in a press release.

“We want to proudly show the heritage that we are recovering and preserving so that it continues to attract visitors and tourists,” said López Miras after chairing the meeting of the board of trustees of the Roman Theatre Foundation, which is made up of the Community, the Cartagena City Council and the Cajamurcia Foundation.

In parallel to this opening to the public, progress continues to be made in the excavation of the portico, and the recovery projects for its central and eastern sectors are already being prepared in order to complete these works. According to López Miras, the full recovery of the portico “is going to become the great archaeological and cultural project for 2024”.

“The regional government is working for the conservation and recovery of the heritage that forms part of our identity, and as part of this priority, we continue to make progress in what is one of the most important archaeological actions of recent years: the excavation of the portico and the recovery of more than 3,000 fragments of the mural that are now on display in the museum,” added López Miras.

More than one million euros from European funds have been invested in the recovery work on the western section, including the installation of a lookout point and an access staircase, which will allow the remains to be displayed and enhanced.

The route will begin with a visit to the Roman Theatre Museum to see the mural of Mars, and will continue in the Roman Theatre. Afterwards, access will be gained through the Soledad alley to the area of the portico, to visit the recovered remains.

The head of the regional executive recalled that the Roman Theatre is not only an archaeological monument, but “an emblem of the Region of Murcia”, and for this reason, “the Government of the Region of Murcia has been committed from the outset to its excavation and its transformation into a museum”.

In this line, he said, “we will continue to promote the Theatre, through the Board and together with the City Council, because we are aware of its cultural and tourist value, and that it will continue to position us as a leading tourist destination in the Mediterranean”.

INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE THEATRE AND ITS MUSEUM
López Miras has highlighted the positive visitor figures for the Roman Theatre of Cartagena and its Museum, “the most visited in the Region of Murcia”, which in the last three months have surpassed the record figures for 2019. Thus, 230,258 visitors were registered in 2023, a 20 percent increase over 2022, and the figure reaches 2.6 million visitors since its inauguration.

In terms of the type of visit, the largest number of visitors was individuals, with 73 percent, although group visits increased, now accounting for 27 percent. Among the latter, those of cruise ship groups (42% of the total), as well as 29% of school groups and 22% of senior citizens.

In terms of origin, 53 percent were national visitors, with 42 percent from the Region of Murcia, 15 percent from the Valencian Community, 13 percent from Madrid and 10 percent from Andalusia.

Foreign visitors accounted for 47%, with 40% of visitors coming from the United Kingdom, 14% from France and 9% from Germany.

 

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