Amphitheater of El Jem – Roman heritage in Africa

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Colosseum in El Jem
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One of the most visited attractions of Tunisia, the Roman amphitheater in the city of El Jem can boast a steady interest of tourists for three reasons. Secondly, in the years of glory, it was considered the third largest in the Roman Empire after the Roman Coliseum and amphitheater in Capua. Finally, the Coliseum in El Jem is an honorary member of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Here you can feel like a gladiator in the arena, a spectator or an emperor, descend into underground rooms and inspect cameras for gladiators and wild animals and wander through the numerous galleries, climbing higher and higher. And in July and August, you can also enjoy classical music performed by the best European orchestras.

The Colosseum in El Jem was built from 230 to 238 years. In the heyday of the Roman Empire, many disturbances were brought to the authorities by insurrections in the provinces. Therefore African Proconsul Gordian I started the construction of a grandiose arena for battles of gladiators in El Jem, the center of the agricultural region of Tunisia. Its capacity was about 30 thousand spectators.

What to see

Acquaintance with the amphitheater in El Djem inevitably begins at the entrance to the city, it is very clearly visible against the background of the city. All the roads in El Jem, of course, lead to the amphitheater, so getting lost is impossible.

The entrance to the coliseum is on its south side. It offers the best view of the structure as a whole. Going into the territory of the amphitheater, go through the foundations of its galleries and go straight to the arena with dimensions of 138 by 114 meters. The Colosseum opens in all its glory from here: the tiers of spectator stands, the imperial box and the lattice-covered corridor leading to underground rooms.

Pay attention to the square grille at the far end of the arena – once there was an elevator that lifted gladiators and wild animals. There are also shaped holes – drains for blood.

Then go down to the basement of the Colosseum and look into the cells where the gladiators and animals were kept. Stairs from the south side of the Colosseum lead to the tiers of the second, third and fourth floors. From the upper tier there is an excellent view of the plains of central Tunisia that go beyond the horizon.

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