Amphitheatre of El Jem (1979)

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Tunisia 1926. Amphitheatre of El Jem.

The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome. 
  • Tunisia 1926. Amphitheatre of El Jem. 

Today El Jem, or Thysdrus as it was known in Roman times, in Tunisia is famous for containing one of the largest Amphitheatres anywhere in the Roman world but what many people don't realise is that this was the third amphitheatre built in the town. 

The two earlier ones were built some distance away, at first only about 5 to 6,000 people could be entertained when the top of a small hill was hollowed out as an arena but after it was rebuilt this number rose to 7 or 8,000 people.

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Other World Heritage Sites in Tunisia (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, Tunisia section for further information about the individual properties.  

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