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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