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The Amphitheatre, on the outskirts of the modern, as well as the Roman town, was built into the very slope of the Petrisberg, not far away from the Weinlehrpfad. The theater was built about 100 A.D. and richly decorated during the following centuries. Its western half held the imperial box and seats reserved for highranking civil servants.
The arena had room for roughly 20,000 spectators. In the 4th and 5th centuries the Amphitheatre was at the same time a town gateway, so that the north entrance lay inside and the south entrance outside the town walls. The gate structures and the remaining walls were used for quarrying in the Middle Ages and also later on.
Built in 2th century AD this Roman amphitheatre for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000.
You can visit as well underneath the arena where in the Roman days prisoners sentenced to death were kept together with the lions and tigers before letting them into the Arena.
It's not in the city centre so you have to walk or take a bus, but it's not really very far (about 2 miles from the Porta Nigra).
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This 'mini Colosseum' is intriguing with its animal gates and stairs. It gives some life to what it must have been like in roman days as it is very well preserved. It is the oldest of the roman buildings in Trier and could house 20 000 spectators in its heydays.
Amphittheater - At the time of...
Amphittheater - At the time of the Romans, about 20 000 people watched there the fights.
Make a walk there, don't miss to go to the caves, where the people and the animals stayed in former times until the presentation began!
Must have been very impressive at Roman times, easy to imagine it now. Interesting to be able to go under the arena and see the drainage ducts that still work.
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