The EUR 4.5 million restoration project has apparently scored all the government approvals, while the documentations for EU funding have also been successfully submitted. According to Liliana Tolas, director of the Museum of Dacian and Roman Civilisation (MCDR), the organization that watches over the eminent archaeological site –
We’ve decided to implement this project because we want to save the cultural heritage and to highlight it. It was a hard journey. We’ve engaged architects, archaeologists, professors – practically all those who have conducted systematic archaeological research at Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa over the years. It took one year to get the approvals.Now the good news for history aficionados is that is project will go beyond just preserving many of the ruins; the experts are also looking forth to fully reconstruct the Amphitheater and the Forum within the confines of Ulpia Traiana Sarmizegetusa. In fact, the first phase of the restoration will deal with the preservation and refurbishing of many of the individual Roman structures – over a period of two years. The subsequent second phase will then entail the physical rebuilding of the Amphitheater and the Forum.
With these structural accomplishments, the Roman Amphitheater at Sarmizegetusa could actually cater to over 5,000 people for outdoor cultural events. Furthermore, the restoration project is also estimated to be commercially viable in the long run, with museum representatives expecting the current figure of 90,000 annual visitors (to Sarmizegetusa, Dacia) to go up to a million visitors per year.
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