Lying on the south-east coast of the island of Lesbos, Mytilene is a modern town that also incorporates several elements form the past. The city occupies seven hills, and features a fortress-one of the largest of the Mediterranean-on a hillock to the east of the town. Mytilene has seen its share of famous historical figures, the most well-known being the poets Sappho and Alcaeus. The famous philosopher Aristotles also resided in the city form 337-335BC. One of the major destinations for visitors to the area is the ancient theatre located just to the north of the main town. Built in Hellenistic times and restored by the romans, the theatre seats 15000 spectators and is one he largest in Greece.