The Amphitheatre of El Jem, Tunisia, was built in the 3rd century AD in the ancient Roman town of Thysdrus. It is the largest Roman amphitheatre in North Africa - it held between 27,000 and 30,000 spectators making it possibly the third or fourth largest in the Empire after the Colosseum (or Coliseum) in Rome and that at Capua. It was also used for filming some of the scenes the film "Gladiator."
The impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.
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S1E4 RB & Pit Stop: Amphitheater of Thysdrus, El Jem, Tunisia. Built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races. Much of it is crumbled but the essence of it still remains. It is also possible that construction of the amphitheater was never finished. World Heritage Site.
Amphitheatre of El Jem, Tunisia - The Amphitheatre of El Jem, built during the 3rd century, is North Africa's largest coliseum with a capacity of 35,000 spectators, and "illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome."