At the rear of the stage, the facade has two tiers of columns with a decorated frieze and cornices. Behind the columns is a marble-clad wall forming the backdrop. Doorways provide the stage entrances for the actors.
The amphitheatre in Merida was built in the first century BC, and evidence has been found in inscriptions that it was completed and inaugaurated in 8 BC. After it was abandoned, much of the arena was buried, and this is the reason for some much surviving today. Excavation was begun in 1919, and further restoration was carried out in the 1950's.
Entry is combined with the adjoining Roman theatre - the tickets were 5.50 euros in 2004
The Roman theatre is the most impressive of the monuments in Merida - and the one that is featured most on VT members pages. Built in the first century BC, it was excavated in 1910, and has been used again as a theatre since 1933. The tiered seating could hold 6000 people, although the upper tiers are not now so well preserved and are not used.
Entry is combined with the Amphitheatre - tickets were 5.50 euros in 2004.
If you're going to visit the Roman sites, it is worth buying a single ticket covering all the sites, as there is quite a discount.
Individual tickets for the sites cost between 2 and 6 euros - the overall ticket is not much more.
There are ticket offices at each of the sites.
The Roman bridge is the longest ever built in Spain, at a full kilometre in length. It crosses the shallow and wide Rio Guadiana. There are 60 arches linking the small islands. It is now for pedestrians only.
The Temple of Diana is one of Merida's oldest Roman buildings, and is believed to date from the end of the 1st century BC. It probably survived so long because the structure was incorporated into a 16th century palace. Excavation started in 1972, and subsequent restoration has left the magnificient monument you see today.
When you've looked at the Roman bridge, walk along the road a little further and look at the view across the Rio Guardina. The modern city on the opposite bank is not much to look at, but the river is quite pleasant in the early evening.
This theatre was inaugarated 8 B.C., almost 2000 years ago.
In this place gladiator combats and fights between animals and between men and animals were common sights.
The Amphitheatre had place for 15.000 spectators. (See also enlarged view)
The river Guadiana passes through the city of Mérida. Three bridges go over the river: Puente Lusitania, Puente Romano and Puente de Fernández Casado.
The old Roman bridge which is shown on the photo has a length of 910 m.
(See also picture in t-log)
"A las ciudades hermanas de las Méridas del Mundo"
A stone that memories the sister cities in the world with the name Mérida: Mérida ( Venezuela), capital in the state with the same name and Mérida (México) capital in the state of Yucatán
The stone is placed in the little park just near Presidencia de la Junta de Extremadura Alcazaba, close to the river Guadiana.
Mérida in Spain was founded by the romans 25 A.D. as a colony for veterans: "Emerita Augusta". It was the capital in the province of Lusitania.
This former beautiful Plaza de Toros in the Spanish colours is situated in the west part of Mérida.
(Sadly and heavily stained by graffitti, which I partly have removed from the photo, not to make unnecessary statements)
View of the Roman Circus, seen from the roof of the museum.
This Circus was one of the most important in the Roman Empire.
It was constructed soon after the founding of Mérida.
The measures are 440 m long and with a width of 115 meters.
The number of spectators reached at 30.000 persons.
Built in the year 8 B.C., it hosted some 14.000 people, and it was for shows, gladiators and wild animals.
This bridge over river Guadiana is constructed with cables and a big arche. It is beautifully illuminated in the night.
This fine aqueduct ends up just near the Roman Circus. It does pass over the river Albarregas, almost totally dry at our visit.