The El Djem Amphitheatre in Mahida, nearly 70 km away from Sousse, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site in the region apart from the Sousse Archaeological Museum. It was built around 238 AD in Thysdrus, located in the Roman province of Africa Proconsulare in present-day El Djem, Tunisia. It is one of the best-preserved Roman stone ruins in the world, and unique in Africa. In 1996, American sportswear company Nike used this location to shoot a television commercial titled "Good vs Evil". The cast included famous soccer players from around the world, including Eric Cantona, Ronaldo, Paolo Maldini, Luís Figo, Patrick Kluivert, and Jorge Campos. El Djem is the third amphitheatre built on the same place. Legend has it that it was constructed by the local proconsul Gordian, who became the Emperor as Gordian III. Later, it served as a fortress, and people used to take refuge during the attacks of Vandals in 430 AD and Arabs in 647 AD. The amphitheatre was used for shops, dwellings, and grain storage during the19th century. As of now, it is one of the best designs in the world.
By Train: Travelling by train from Sousse to El Jem from Sousee is the easiest way. There is a direct train from Sousse to El Jem. Services depart once daily. The journey will cost 120 to 140 dinar and take 56 minutes.
By Bus: Medina is a large bus station with the buses going to all parts of Tunisia. There are frequent buses from here. Once in El Jem, Amphitheatre is just 5 mins walk
By taxi: A taxi from Sousse to El Jem will cost anything between 800-1000 dinars
8 DT (Tunisia Dinar) and 1 Dinar for photography including a visit to the Archaeological Museum
8 DT (Tunisia Dinar) and 1 Dinar for photography including a visit to the Archaeological MuseumCollapse
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