Although on a relaxing beach holiday in Tunisia, me being me, I couldn’t miss the chance of visiting one of the largest amphitheatres in the world, just a short ride from our hotel.
Built in the 3rd century and modelled on Rome’s Colosseum, the Amphitheatre of El Jem (or El Djem) sits in a small village just outside Sousse. We explored the monument, walking through the underground tunnels where prisoners and animals would have been held; sitting up high in the arena that would have accommodated around 35,000 spectators, imagining watching brave gladiators fighting fierce lions. The ruins are still mostly intact which made it very easy to picture the action that would have gone on here (cue pretty picture of Russell Crowe in Gladiator).
The Amphitheatre of El Jem is an incredible sight that really throws you back in time, and is somewhere that not a lot of people make the trip to see. Walking around we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves! It is one of the few Roman relics I have been to in the world but it definitely won’t be the last.