The El-Djem Coliseum, an immense relic of the Roman Empire, was built between 230 and 240 AD. Erected in the city of El-Djem (also known as Thysdrus, its Latin name), one of the most prosperous in Roman Africa at the peak of the Empire's glory, this coliseum was roughly 100 ft high with a capacity of over 20,000 spectators. It is one of the last Roman amphitheatres and one of the last to have kept its lion's den which is still visible today.
The town of El Djem was founded on the ruins of the old Phoenician city of Thysdrus El Jem.© Ch. Hiltgen / EASYVOYAGE
In addition to its famous and imposing amphitheatre, the city also holds two smaller arenas.© Christopher Fell / 123RF
The El Djem Archaeological Museum showcases an exceptional collection of ancient Roman mosaics from the site of Thysdrus.© Ch. Hiltgen / EASYVOYAGE
A rich collection of statues bears testimony of the Roman occupation.© Christopher Fell / 123RF
In addition to its magnificent mosaics, the town of El Djem plays host to a yearly festival dedicated to this art.© Christopher Fell / 123RF