Circus Maximus / Circo Romano / Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome was completed in 20 B.C., some sources say it was 'inaugorated in 30 B.C., so I'm guessing it took ten years to build.
The arena alone is 4,170 metres long and 112 metres wide. That's almost 1/4 mile by approx 122 yards. To get an idea of scale imagine a football pitch, which is about 100 metres long and about 60 -70 metres wide ... the Hippodrome is big enough for 69-70 football pitches side by side.
The seating provided enough space for 30,000 spectators.
The Hippodrome is outside the city walls, and although it's huge it isn't very easy to find. It's here (aerial view, Flash Earth)
The mosaic is from the National Museum of Roman Art, it shows a popular and successful charioteer with his team of horses.
We weren't in Spain long enough to get used to opening hours and arrived at the Hippodrome a mere fifteen minutes before they were due to close for the afternoon. Those few minutes were long enough to gawp and be amazed, and take a number of 'holiday snaps' which are filmstripped round the edge of the mosaic.
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