This list of famous Roman amphithe­atres only includes full round struc­tures, and does not include semi­cir­cu­lar Roman the­atres. The ancient Romans built them all over their empire. Approx­i­mate­ly 230 Roman amphithe­aters are found all over the area of ​​for­mer Roman influ­ence. The amphithe­aters were used for var­i­ous events such as glad­i­a­tor fights, char­i­ot races, exe­cu­tions and more. It is amaz­ing that some of them are still used today for con­certs, operas, bull­fights and oth­er events — some 2,000 years after they were built.



With­out a doubt, the Colos­se­um is the most famous and impor­tant Roman amphithe­atre. The beau­ti­ful mon­u­ment is among the most promi­nent sights in Europe and among the most vis­it­ed mon­u­ments in Rome. The Colos­se­um is the largest amphithe­ater of the Roman Empire, an out­stand­ing achieve­ment of archi­tec­ture and engi­neer­ing sci­ence of those times. The largest the­ater in the world could seat 50,000 to 80,000 spec­ta­tors. Built in 70–80 AD. The Colos­se­um is a UNESCO World Her­itage Site.

Amphitheater in Arles

Built in 90 AD. BC, this amphithe­ater in south­ern France could accom­mo­date 20,000 spec­ta­tors. It was built for char­i­ot rac­ing and all sorts of bat­tles. The amphithe­ater in Arles is still used today for con­certs and bull­fights dur­ing the sum­mer.

Arena in Nimes

This Roman amphithe­ater was built in 70 AD. e. The Are­na in Nimes was recon­struct­ed in 1863 and today it is ful­ly used for all kinds of events, accom­mo­dat­ing more than 16,000 spec­ta­tors.

Amphitheater of Verona

The Amphithe­ater of Verona is a very well-pre­served are­na, also built in the first cen­tu­ry AD. e.. It is still used for opera con­certs and per­for­mances.

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Pula Amphitheater

Built between 27 and 68 AD. e., the Are­na of Pula is among the six largest Roman amphithe­aters in the world that have sur­vived to this day. This is the best pre­served his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ment in Croa­t­ia, one of the main attrac­tions of the coun­try.

El Jem in Tunisia

This beau­ti­ful Roman struc­ture was built in the 3rd cen­tu­ry AD. e. in the city of Thys­drus. At that time it was one of the main Roman cities in Berber Africa.

Amphitheater of Pompeii, Italy

The amphithe­ater of Pom­peii was built around 80 BC, being the old­est sur­viv­ing Roman struc­ture of its kind. It is also the ear­li­est Roman amphithe­ater to be built of stone (the oth­er being the Colos­se­um, built more than a cen­tu­ry lat­er). Like much of Pom­peii, the amphithe­ater was buried by the erup­tion of Vesu­vius in 79 AD.

Amphitheater of Tarragona

Built in the sec­ond cen­tu­ry AD. BC, this Roman amphithe­ater in Cat­alo­nia over­looks the Mediter­ranean and could accom­mo­date up to 15,000 spec­ta­tors. The are­na was used for many pur­pos­es over the years, includ­ing a prison dur­ing the 18th cen­tu­ry.

Arena in Avenches

Built in 130 AD e. and expand­ed in 165, this amphithe­ater in the ancient Roman city of Aven­ticum (near the mod­ern city of Avench­es) was used for glad­i­a­tor fights, ani­mal fights, hunt­ing, and polit­i­cal, social, and reli­gious pur­pos­es. The amphithe­ater could accom­mo­date up to 16,000 peo­ple.

Ancient theater in Durres

This large Roman amphithe­ater was built in the 2nd cen­tu­ry AD. e. and could once accom­mo­date up to 20,000 spec­ta­tors. It was par­tial­ly exca­vat­ed in the 20th cen­tu­ry, while most of it remains under­ground to this day. Unlike many pre­vi­ous­ly men­tioned amphithe­atres, the Dur­rës Amphithe­ater is only used as a tourist attrac­tion and not for social events.

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