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A 3rd century Roman colosseum - 2nd in size only to the one in Rome. It was built to hold 30,000+ in a town that had a population of around 20,000. El Djem was formerly the ancient very wealthy Roman town of Thysdrus, which was situated on the crossroads of the caravan trade.
25th Nov 2008, 13:39   | tags:,,

Dhamaka says:

great shots and what perspectives!


25th Nov 2008, 15:20

beth says:

wow too

25th Nov 2008, 17:47

nige says:

looks incredible Viv

25th Nov 2008, 18:03

jc1000000 says:

wow three!

25th Nov 2008, 18:06

Viv says:

It was quite amazing!

25th Nov 2008, 19:25

Viv says:

thanks for the HL

25th Nov 2008, 20:59

Judo-Jule says:

Lovely. I went there with my parents when I was about 10.

25th Nov 2008, 21:07

Essitam says:

NO WAY - we went there when we were in Tunisia....Did you do the Sahara Explorer trip??

25th Nov 2008, 21:24

Essitam says:

Actually just realised I have post NONE of my pictures from Tunisia other than the storm!

I'm such a slacker we've been back a month!

25th Nov 2008, 21:25

Yes, we were there just over a month ago...this has made me want to go back...again!!

It's an amazing place El Jem - very inspiring and really made me appreciate the Romans and their engineering brilliance. This was the amphitheatre used in the Russell Crowe 'Gladiator' movie - they filmed it and then digitally reconstructed it.

25th Nov 2008, 21:27

Viv says:

Yes James you posted a storm so I knew you two had been. We went on a tour entitled 'Tunisian adventure'
Think I'd like to do some of it again at a slightly more leisurely pace! The roman sites were amazing. What I have posted up to now was all on our first day!

25th Nov 2008, 21:32

Essitam says:

Sounds similar to what we did,

Day one:

El Djem
Matmata (Star Wars)
Tamezet (abandoned ghost town)
Douz (Camel ride into the Sahara)
Chott El Jerid (The salt lake)

Day 2:

4x4 Safari into Chebika (mountain waterfall)& to Tamerza (Mountain Oasis)
Tozeur (horse and cart ride through the desert oasis)
Kairuan (4th holiest city in Islam & the grand mosque)

Back to Hammamet

nearly 900 miles in the coach plus what we did in the 4x4's in 2 days it was exhausting but an amazing way to see and amazing country!

25th Nov 2008, 21:53

Essitam says:

Last post I promise - Sorry I've hi-jacked your post but you've made me all reminiscent for my hols!!

El Djem -

25th Nov 2008, 22:20

Judo-Jule says:

essitiam- i did exactly the same tour (day one) 16 years ago. brings back some memories...

25th Nov 2008, 22:28

crickson says:

Beautiful shots

26th Nov 2008, 00:25

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26th Nov 2008, 13:10

MaggieD says:

I, too, with my children, did the same tour (in the 1990's) the only thing we put a bad mark against at the end of it was the state of the toilets at the salt lakes .... hope they have been improved ... I just love this series of photos ....

another lovely evocative set of pics, Viv :)

27th Nov 2008, 20:37

Viv says:

Wait for it Maggie.. coming soon :)

27th Nov 2008, 20:48

MaggieD says:

Oh, Viv, I am hoping that I am in for a pleasant surprise .... flushing toilets, handwash basins and hotair driers ....

27th Nov 2008, 21:00

Viv says:

lol you should be so lucky!
but am working chronologically so you will have to wait!:)

27th Nov 2008, 21:06

MaggieD says:

well, I am holding my breathe (in more ways than one) ....

27th Nov 2008, 21:20

Jane Doe says:

Enjoying these very much. I had a great holiday in Tunisia, some of my highlights were the Bardo museum, Carthage and the Roman ruins at Dougga

28th Nov 2008, 14:01

Viv says:

Thanks - yes - think Dougga along with the desert - we had fabulous conditions for that

unfortunately had a bad evening/night on the Fri so got to Bardo but went back to the hotel and missed Carthage :(

29th Nov 2008, 13:05

Geodyne says:

So many arches...

1st Dec 2008, 13:07

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