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Tunisia-3277 - Inside view

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It seems no matter where I travel in the world stagings follow me to the best sites. The long piece down the centre and the square to the left are grates, to light up the tunnels underneath where we will go next.

 

The small square grate was where lifts brought animals and gladiators into the arena.

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The city of El Djem was built, like almost all Roman settlements in Tunisia, on former Punic settlements. In a less arid climate than today's, Roman Thysdrus, now El Djem, it prospered especially in the 2nd century AD. The amphitheater was built here in the early 3rd century AD.

 

This amphitheater could hold up to 35,000 people making it the third largest in the Roman Empire after the Colosseum in Rome and that at Capua (in ruins). Its 427m (1400ft) outside circumference is 100m (328ft) shorter than the Colosseum.

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Taken on May 15, 2012