El Jem Amphitheatres

El Jem is best known for its huge amphitheatre built (but never finished) around 235 and capable of holding 30,000 (some say 45,000) spectators, and this in a town of 30,000 people. The third largest amphitheatre in the Roman Empire it still stands to a height of 35 metres. Its sheer bulk is daunting. Just south of the town centre by the museum are two earlier amphitheatres on the same site. Aerial photos have also shown another.

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