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El Djem Amphitheatre, Tunisia


Regular visitors to Virtual Tourism will know that we are great fans of Roman Amphitheatre and Colosseum, so we were delighted to discover that the El Djem Amphitheatre in Tunisia was another beneficiary of Google's latest satellite imagery update. The ampitheatre is a truly amazing sight, only Rome's Colosseum (about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger.

Until the 17th century it remained more or less whole. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan, and at a tense moment during struggles with the Ottomans, the Turks used cannons to flush rebels out of the amphitheatre.

However the remaining ruins of the amphitheatre are still so impressive that they were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.

View a video of the El Djem Ampitheatre on Google Maps

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