E.J.Wilkins

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Mérida, Spain

Amphitheatre.

This amphitheatre dates from 8 B.C.

 

This view shows the central cruciform pit that could be flooded so mock sea battles could be performed. We weren't able to go into the arena, but at a guess I'd say the 'pit' is at least 6ft deep. It was covered with boards/staging when not in use.

 

The active area of the arena is oval 54 metres (177 ft) long and 41 metres (almost 135 ft) wide.

 

Surrounding the arena is seating, for 15,000 people, arranged to make sure those in the most expensive seats were separated from the rest - theirs were the seats right at the top.

 

 If you'd like to know a little more about either the Spanish National Museum of Roman Art (and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits) or the World Heritage "Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida", please take a look my other pictures and their accompanying text.

They can be found - here -.

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Mérida, Spain

Amphitheatre.

This amphitheatre dates from 8 B.C.

 

This view shows the central cruciform pit that could be flooded so mock sea battles could be performed. We weren't able to go into the arena, but at a guess I'd say the 'pit' is at least 6ft deep. It was covered with boards/staging when not in use.

 

The active area of the arena is oval 54 metres (177 ft) long and 41 metres (almost 135 ft) wide.

 

Surrounding the arena is seating, for 15,000 people, arranged to make sure those in the most expensive seats were separated from the rest - theirs were the seats right at the top.

 

 If you'd like to know a little more about either the Spanish National Museum of Roman Art (and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits) or the World Heritage "Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida", please take a look my other pictures and their accompanying text.

They can be found - here -.

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comments (15)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 23 Sep 2010, 02:20
A wonderful place.
EJWilkins: It certainly is smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Sep 2010, 08:31
Flooded for mock sea battles - blimey!
EJWilkins: I know! Imagine the ships, and the oars, and the noise of battle! Amazing eh!
Nice capture, Ellie. I look at this, and I wonder what it must have been like when it was an active theater for horrific `entertainment`.... or maybe it was more pageant-like or similar to our modern day `re-enactments`. (:o)
EJWilkins: I don't know what they did, but sort of assume it was the standard sort of things. The gladiators were well thought of though, well fed etc if latest archaeology is to be believed.
Looking at this picture the tall entrance was probably for ships, even elephants maybe, the lower one on the left was, I think, for people and the lowest one on the right was for animals such as lions and maybe even bulls ... When you realise that you have to wonder whether things have changed much?
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 23 Sep 2010, 12:05
Fab capture
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
Amazing for its age. It hard to accept that it is so old - those arches look as if they could have been done a a few hundred years ago. .
EJWilkins: I know! 2,000 years and still standing! Although it was filled with rubble and sand for many years. The arches - perhaps the skill of those who made them, and the strength of the shape has meant they didn't collapse.
  • JOHN
  • Turkey
  • 23 Sep 2010, 16:18
Excellent photograph, great color. Congratulations.
EJWilkins: Thanks smile
These pictures really give out a very hot feel, amazing structures they used to build smile
EJWilkins: It was incredibly hot while we were there, at 40C we couldn't even take advantage of the many marble seats dotted around the town, because they stored the heat!
One almost wishes you could see this as it was all those years ago.
EJWilkins: I know, we can only imagine and wonder can't we.
  • Scotia
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Sep 2010, 17:47
Nicely composed image of so much history.
EJWilkins: The history some think we should 'forget and move on' is so very important isn't it.
If the locals got a bit restless they used to put on a big show to keep them quiet!
EJWilkins: Yep! And plenty of places for entertainment in amongst those 29 UNESCO World Heritage sites! wink
you have captured this well
EJWilkins: Thanks
A great stadium, a few christians to the lions followed by a mock sea battle, now that's real entertainmentsmile
EJWilkins: Now you've made me think!

I wonder ... if ... you see, according to the details along with the 'Missorium of Theodosius I' (here >> http://ejwilkins.shutterchance.com/photoblog/M%A3%21%3B233%A3%21%3Brida%2C_Spain_/8/ ) he was a Christian, born of Christian parents, and there are a lot of early Christian artefacts in the Museum.

Ah, but then there's Saint Eulalia and the awful things Diocletian did, so maybe there was sport involving Christians and fierce animals for the first couple of hundred years of the life of this amphitheatre.
  • Alan
  • Wandering in Wyoming
  • 23 Sep 2010, 23:51
My, that is old! I like the idea of multi0use; nothing new under the sun, as they say!
EJWilkins: And what's the betting they got the idea from elsewhere, Greece perhaps?
where are the lions?
  • Peter
  • Canada
  • 4 Dec 2010, 03:06
This is a good photo Ellie great composition.....it sure does look its age.....well done....petersmile

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