West Theatre, Site of Umm Qais (Gadara)
The best preserved of Gadara's three examples, the west theatre retains a large section of its three seating blocks. Note the fine seats of honour hewn from a single basalt block, polished to perfection. The proscenium wall is gone, but to the sides remains the vaulting of rooms from where actors made their entrances. The black hue of the theatre recalls the more imposing example at Bosra in Syria.