Art and culture 

Roman Circus

Discover one of the most magnificent circuses in the Roman Empire and one of the best preserved.

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  2. Circo Romano

Place of entertainment in Emerita Augusta


Location and Contact:

Avenida Juan Carlos I
06800 Mérida , Badajoz (Extremadura)
Opening times

09:00 - 21:00 h.

Fee

www.consorciomerida.org

  • Discover one of the most magnificent circuses in the Roman Empire and one of the best preserved.

    The Roman circus in Emerita Augusta was the largest building that the Romans built in the city for public entertainment. It was one of the largest in the Roman Empire and it is currently one of the best preserved. Its dimensions gave it a capacity of thirty thousand spectators, who were always eager to enjoy spectacular horse and chariot races. Its dimensions can still be appreciated together with the layout of the floor plan.

    The structure was made up of a rectangular base which finished in a semicircle at one end which had the door through which the victors left. At the other, rectilinear end, were the cages out of which the chariots came.

    On each side were the stands, separated from the arena by a podium and in the middle of the arena there was a raised wall. The façade was dressed in granite, with adjacent pilasters.

    An enclosure for the entertainment and enjoyment of the Romans, built outside the city.

  • Origin:
  • Romanisation (BC)
  • Construction:
  • Circus
  • Art period:
  • Romanisation
  • Period in history:
  • Romanisation
  • Official name :
  • World Heritage Site

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