About Amphitheatre of El Jem

Amphitheatres are typically built for spectator entertainment and performances. The Amphitheatre of El Jem has also been used for other purposes. It was used as a fortress and shelter in the 3rd and 5th centuries, for saltpetre production in the 18th century, and shopping and grain storage in the 19th.

This Roman oval amphitheatre is a one-of-its-kind in Africa and is one of the largest in the world. Built out of stone blocks, it has a seating capacity of 35,000. It is the third amphitheatre on the same site.

When in El Djem, be sure to visit this site, featured in Monty Python’s Life of Brian and the television series Long Way Down. The Nike commercial filmed here was titled “Good vs Evil.” It depicted famous soccer players like Ronaldo fighting against demons. The same could be said of Ali Bey al-Muradi who resisted his brother’s invading armies here during the Revolution of Tunis.

Must See

  • Oval amphitheater which is huge and which can accommodate 35,000 spectators 
  • Impressive ruins of the largest colosseum
  • Underground tunnels and rooms 
  • Amazing views of Eljem city 
  • The amphitheater is an engineering  marvel 
  • Architecture is impressive with a profound history

How to reach

By train: 1 hour 16 minutes, 4.80 DT

By taxi: 53 minutes, 30.02 DT

(210.4 km) via Autoroute A1/Trans-African Highway 1 and Autoroute A1

Tips

  • The mortuary, mosques and Roman mosaics are unique for the visitors  
  • The admirable craftsmanship has a welcoming ambiance 
  • Gardens, good interior courts, and excellent display of the  statues are a delight
  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Maintain silence and discipline inside the premises
  • Antique artifacts
  • All the items on display are self-explanatory
  • The unique and impressive architecture 

Visit Time

Sunday:          8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Monday:         8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday:        8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday:   8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday:       8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday:            8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Saturday:        8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Waiting Time

Nil

 

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Entrance Fee

Yes

Adult: 10 DT

Student: Free

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 37.68°C

 

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