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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
El Jem was formerly the Roman town of Thysdrus, one of the most important towns in North Africa after [[Carthage]] (now to be found in the suburbs of modern [[Tunis]]).  The amphitheater was built around the middle of the third century AD and was thought to house up to 35,000 spectators.
 
  
Having fallen into some state of disrepair, its blocks being used for building the surrounding town and also contributing to the Great Mosque in [[Kairouan]], the amphitheatre was declared a World Heritage site in 1979. More recently it has been used for filming some of the scenes from the Oscar winning film ''Gladiator''.
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El Jem was formerly the Roman town of Thysdrus, one of the most important towns in North Africa after [[Carthage]] (now to be found in the suburbs of modern [[Tunis]]). The amphitheater was built around the middle of the third century AD and was thought to house up to 35,000 spectators.
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Having fallen into some state of disrepair, its blocks being used for building the surrounding town and also contributing to the Great Mosque in [[Kairouan]], the amphitheatre was declared a World Heritage site in 1979. More recently it has been used for filming some of the scenes from the Oscar winning film ''Gladiator''.
 
   
 
   
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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El Jem is more or less equidistant from [[Sousse]] and [[Sfax]], lying just off the main road that links those two towns.
 
El Jem is more or less equidistant from [[Sousse]] and [[Sfax]], lying just off the main road that links those two towns.
  
*By Car — head south from Sousse (north from Sfax) for about 1 hour; the amphitheater is clearly visible as you approach the town and the turn off well signed.
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* By car - head south from Sousse (north from Sfax) for about 1 hour; the amphitheater is clearly visible as you approach the town and the turn off well signed
 
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==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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El Jem is a small town and everything that may be of interest to the visitor can be reached on foot.
 
El Jem is a small town and everything that may be of interest to the visitor can be reached on foot.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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The amphitheater which dominates the town.
 
The amphitheater which dominates the town.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
Climb to the higher levels of the amphitheater and soak in the views over the surrounding countryside. Or, head down to the basement beneath the center of the arena and view the rooms where the animals for the fights would once would have been caged (this part is much more intact and accessible than the equivalent in Rome's colliseum).
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Climb to the higher levels of the amphitheater and soak in the views over the surrounding countryside. Or, head down to the basement beneath the center of the arena and view the rooms where the animals for the fights would once would have been caged (this part is much more intact and accessible than the equivalent in Rome's colliseum).
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Revision as of 18:25, 16 November 2006

El Jem is a small town in the east of Tunisia that holds the remains of a UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman amphitheater.

Remains of the Roman amphitheater at El Jem.

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Understand

El Jem was formerly the Roman town of Thysdrus, one of the most important towns in North Africa after Carthage (now to be found in the suburbs of modern Tunis). The amphitheater was built around the middle of the third century AD and was thought to house up to 35,000 spectators.

Having fallen into some state of disrepair, its blocks being used for building the surrounding town and also contributing to the Great Mosque in Kairouan, the amphitheatre was declared a World Heritage site in 1979. More recently it has been used for filming some of the scenes from the Oscar winning film Gladiator.

Get in

El Jem is more or less equidistant from Sousse and Sfax, lying just off the main road that links those two towns.

  • By car - head south from Sousse (north from Sfax) for about 1 hour; the amphitheater is clearly visible as you approach the town and the turn off well signed

Get around

El Jem is a small town and everything that may be of interest to the visitor can be reached on foot.

See

The amphitheater which dominates the town.

Do

Climb to the higher levels of the amphitheater and soak in the views over the surrounding countryside. Or, head down to the basement beneath the center of the arena and view the rooms where the animals for the fights would once would have been caged (this part is much more intact and accessible than the equivalent in Rome's colliseum).

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