El Djem Amphitheater – Exploring a monumental structure!

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Visit the ruins of an ancient battleground where countless gladiators fought for glory amidst thousands of spectators. The stunning and well-preserved structure of the El Djem Amphitheater is certainly a place worth visiting.

anonymous, Amphitheater El Djem, Typhrus, Tunesia, from the outside2 13 Sept 2004, CC BY-SA 2.0 DE Via Wikimedia Commons
anonymous, Amphitheater El Djem, Typhrus, Tunesia, from the outside2 13 Sept 2004, CC BY-SA 2.0 DE Via Wikimedia Commons

Overview

The El Djem Amphitheater is one of the 230 amphitheatres that were constructed during the Roman Empire. The oval-shaped arena is located in the city of Thysdrus, El Djem, Tunisia and it has been listed by UNESCO as one of the world heritage sites.

History

Tunisia was under the reign of the Roman Empire during the ancient times and during their reign, the El Djem Amphitheater was built around 238 AD, today it still stands tall as one of the few well-preserved ruins of the Roman Empire. The theatre was constructed in a way that I could accommodate over 35000 people. Over the years it has been used as a gladiatorial battleground, an open theatre, stronghold and a marketplace during the reign of Sultans.

Amphitheater El Djem, Typhrus, Tunesia, from the outside 13 Sept 2004, CC BY-SA 2.0 DE Via Wikimedia Commons
Amphitheater El Djem, Typhrus, Tunesia, from the outside 13 Sept 2004, CC BY-SA 2.0 DE Via Wikimedia Commons

Things to do

Today upon visiting here you could see and appreciate the ancient architecture which is stunning and comes nowhere near the pictures available on the internet. The place has to be witnessed in person to appreciate its glory. You can also buy souvenirs at the shops and stalls located near the Amphitheater.

Getting there and accommodation facilities

You can get here easily by public transit or if you are stationed at any of Tunisia resorts the likes of The Residence Tunis by Cenizaro Hotels & Resorts you can get here by taxi. If money isn’t your concern, taxi is one of the easiest ways to get around in Tunisia.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers.

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