Abou Nawas El Borj
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... at El Jem today. It was amazing! That's now two Roman stadium and/or coliseums I've visited in the past week. This one had gladiator battles and Christian executions and could seat 35,000 people. It is one of the most intact coliseums and about the fourth ...
... Carthage, the Bardo, Grand Erg Oriental
Country Population (most current available) 10,937,521
Country Population in 1900: N/A
Average Life Expectancy of Males: 73.6 Females: 77.7
National Unemployment Rate: 15.20%
Country Literacy Rate: 79.1%
Country Murder Rate: N/A
Crude Birth Rate: 17.4
Crude Death Rate: 5.7
National Infant Mortality Rate: 14
... would have been used as a vantage point to scan the horizon for hostile fleets. Today it affords a panoramic view of the city and Al-Qurayyah beach.
Film fact - The Ribat was used as a location for Monty Python's Life of Brian and Zeffirelli's Life of Christ
Located near the ribat and the coast the mosque breaks the tradition of Islamic town ...
... supply naval battles were never staged in the arena.
Until the 17th century it remained more or less in tact. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Jem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan. During struggles with the Ottomans, the ruling Turks used cannons to flush rebel dissidents out of their hiding places in the amphitheatre.
We have about 45 minutes to wander around on our ...
... the camera battery and have the opportunity to take some photos when we return next week.
Our guide provides an overview of the history of the amphitheatre: its design and construction; how it operated and the events it hosted in Roman times.
The amphitheatre at El Jem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed Emperor at Thysdrus, around 238. It was never completed, because of political rivalries and lack of funds ...