The Ruins from the 1902 Eruption

The Theatre was originally built in 1786 and was later restored in 1816. It held 800 people and hosted many classical plays, great operas, political evenings and elegant balls. In 1901, one year prior to the eruption, the theatre closed due to lack of funding.

The prison was located adjacent to the theatre and was built in 1661. It was used to hold those who had committed minor crimes and those awaiting their trial. The remaining jail cell sheltered the only survivor of the catastrophe, Louis Cyparis. He was rescued three days after the eruption and was believed to have survived because of the thickness of the cell walls.