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El Jem Amphitheatre
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Full-Day Kairouan and El Jem Tour from Tunis
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in El-Jem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built in the 3rd century, it is one of the largest amphitheatres of the ancient world.
Exeter, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2014 via mobile

This place gave me shivers. You can really imagine what happened and what went on there.

As a tip, go to the museum around the corner first and see the stunning, beautiful, immaculate and beautifully preserved mosaics that show some scenes from the amphitheatre. ..

A good half day spent.. take water it is hot.

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Crete, Greece
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“Best amphitheater in the Roman world.”
Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

When I first visited El Jem in the 1970s the amphitheatre was still inhabited by local families. Now it is a tip top tourist attraction. The highlight for me were the subterranean passages where the gladiators and wild animals were kept before they fought. Easily reachable by public transport from resorts such as Sousse.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Keith H
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Fraserburgh, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“One of the best things we did in Tunisia”
Reviewed 11 July 2014 via mobile

When in Tunisia, you have to visit this attraction. It's beautiful and interesting. They say it's more preserved than the colosseum in Rome. We loved it and got loads of great pics here. There is a nice little cafe within the grounds to get refreshments. Definitely visit this while on your trip.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Lyn E
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Waterford, Ireland
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76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

The beauty of the this structure is breath taking and it only takes a tiny imaginative step to picture it as it would have been almost two thousand years ago. The cool breeze in the entrance tunnel, the scorching heat of the arena, the magnificant views over the town and the countryside.and the beauty of the architecture all make this a special place. Just close your eyes and you can hear the roar of the crowd, the snarl of the animals, the smell of the excitement and the fear and of course the bloodshed. Beauty and brutality wrapped in history.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank marinoonan
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“As good as Rome”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

Really interesting and certainly as good as Rome. Guide Mohammed really knowledgeable and bought it all to life. Well worth a visit.

Visited June 2014
Thank Heather M
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