Website Category: Frontiers of the Roman Empire
Criteria: (iv) icon of an era (vi) association with belief system
Location and Values: The Amphitheatre of El Jem is located in the small town of El Jem in central Tunisia, about 60 km south of Sousse. It is undoubtedly the most impressive Roman monument in Africa, its massive bulk visible for kilometres around, dwarfing the tiny houses of the town around its base. It has a seating capacity of around 30,000 people, stands 30m high, with a diameter of well over 100 metres, almost as large as the Colosseum in Rome. It is thought to date from around 230 AD, and was built by a local proconsul, Gordian. The amphitheatre has been extensively renovated and it is possible to climb to the top of the third tier of seating, and explore the corridors and rooms under the arches and floors.
Slideshow of the Amphitheatre Of El Jem: The slideshow provides a thorough ‘photo essay’ of the site, including views of the amphitheatre from outside, and behind-the-scenes photos of the rooms and spaces behind the arches and underneath the main arena, where the animals, prisoners and gladiators were kept before their hour of reckoning.
Slideshow of the Amphitheatre Of El Jem:
Google Earth View: To view satellite imagery of the amphitheatre of El Jem on Google Earth, click here. This opens a new window, so when you are finished, just close the Google Earth page and you will be straight back here to continue browsing.
Other Links: Official UNESCO Site Details