A Machinegun Nest

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The Theatre of Nikopolis, a magnificent example of Roman architecture of its time, suffered significant damage over the course of the years. One of the main causes was “recycling”: a significant portion of the building material that was visible and accessible, such as entire rows of the stage building’s fired clay bricks, were looted to be used as building material in the wider area, in buildings unknown to us today. Another cause was war: as noted by the special committee of the Archaeological Service established after WWII, the cavea of the Theatre of Nikopolis was used by the occupying army as “an anti-aircraft machinegun nest and consequently suffered damage”.

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