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The passages running below the arena floor and the grating covering them. These galleries were built as part of the original construction phase as in the Colosseum in Rome.

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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