The ventilation system of the underground is in the shape of flowers. It can be barely noticed from the ground floor of the amphitheatre, in fact, I saw it only from the underground.
The animal cells had the holes through which the animals were poked so they would enter the elevator cage. The fights between the gladiators and animals were very popular, the bloodier the battle, the more the crowd roared.
- Family Travel
There are couple of huge corridors under the ground floor of the amphitheatre which is usually called "hypogenum". It is the scene where gladiators and animals have stood before entering into the arena. Hypogenum could have one or two levels and it was dark, swelteringly hot and stinking network of cells, tunnels and passageways. This underground chambers and passageways housed the animals, gladiators, machines and scenery that made up the biggest show in Roman times. The hypogenum used to had several elevators for lifting animals, gladiators and scenery to the surface of the amphitheatre.
- Family Travel
....take the time to wander round its outside.
Most people don't, so you'll get chance to explore awitout being distarcted...maybe help your imagination a bit.
Look for the patches of 'opus signinum', the Roman mortar containing bits of tile. You'll see it on the walls, probably providing a surface on which to paint frescoes.
Look for 'dumps' of column fragments and broken bits of masonry. This building was once much more highly-decorated than it appears now.
Look at the columns....look at the skill which went into creating and carving them.
Look at how the arches are constructed, and consider how they were constructed without modern tools and technology.
Going 'off-the-beaten-path a bit will help you to understand and appreciate the importance of this structure, and the sheer skill and wealth of the Roman Empire.
- Historical Travel
**...you will find yourself in African little town. Special atmosphere of Africa! I so much enjoyed this little walk!
Walking around El Jem to visit the museum made it more possible to allow my being to memorise the impressions, really worthwile ones, from the Amphitheatre built by Roman empire and put them in connection to what was going on in El Jem in the present time, Crossing of the Civilizations.... Special....
You can also see Berber people in the streets, local doctors' houses (oh there was a cool one of some gynekologyst - he has money you can tell by a house as if from 1001 Nights! :)), and in gerenal what life for/of local people is like in that area. Very different than in Europe or US.
Walk is not tiring (long), so it is suggested. I will provide some photos in this section for you to see :)
- Arts and Culture