Top 100 national symbols in the World No.96: Amphitheater of El Jem- Tunisia

28-12-2016

(Worldkings) Amphitheatre of El Jem is an archeological site in the city of El Djem, Tunisia. It is listed by UNESCO since 1979 as a World Heritage Site.

The amphitheatre was built around 238 AD, when the modern Tunisia belonged to the Roman province of Africa, in the city of Thysdrus, currently a suburb of El Djem. It is one of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world, and is unique in Africa. As other amphitheatres in the Roman Empire, it was built for spectator events, and it is one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world. The estimated capacity is 35,000, and the sizes of the big and the small axes are respectively 148 metres (486 ft) and 122 metres (400 ft). The amphitheatre is built of stone blocks, located on a flat ground, and is exceptionally well conserved.


Le Thanh Minh (source: wikipedia, image: internet).

 

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