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Amphitheater in El Jem in Tunisia

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The El Jem Amphitheater is the third largest and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. It is also called the Tisdre amphitheater, since the city of El Jem was created on the site of the ancient city of Tisdre.        

The amphitheater is a well-preserved large structure, which with the outside bears a resemblance to the Colosseum in Rome. El Jem amphitheater was built by the proconsul, the future Roman emperor Marc Antonio Gordian between 230 and 238 BC.

The amphitheater could hold up to 35 thousand spectators. A structure was built from soft sandstone, which was mined in quarries on the coast. Under the 100-meter arena, there are cages for wild animals, cameras for quickly removing corpses from the stage, gladiator's closets and much more. Currently, these premises are available for viewing by visitors.

Various performances took place in the amphitheater: gladiator fights, fights between people and animals and animals, chariot races. These representations are evidenced by the mosaics discovered here, which are now kept in the museum of the city of El Jem.          

For many eras, the El Jem amphitheater was used as fortress and was repeatedly shelled. And starting with   In the 17th century, its stones were used to build the city of El Jem and the Cathedral Mosque in Kairouan.

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