Amphitheatre in Durres

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Durres, Albania

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EmEm EmEm
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Amfiteatri i Durrësit Feb 07, 2017
The Durrës Amphitheatre is a Roman amphitheater, built in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of Emperor Trajan. It si also known by the name of Epidamnos or Dyrrachium. The ruins are located in the center of the city on a hill 350 m from the sea. It is in the form of an ellipse, surrounded by old residences.

The amphitheater is the only one of its kind discovered in Albania and one of the most remarkable heritage sites in the whole Balkan region. Its function was interrupted by a devastating earthquake in the 4th century or by an edict of the Emperor Theodosius ordering the closing of all pagan centres.

The amphitheater could seat between 15,000 and 20,000 spectators. It is one of the most important landmark in Durrës and the tourist attractions worth of visit. There is a small fee to be payed at the entrance.
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EmEm says:
@docdotcalm24vt- This one is among ten most beautiful Roman amphitheaters in the world. It was partially excavated in the 20th century, while the rest remains unearthed till today. It is only used as a tourists attraction and unlike others not for public events.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2017
EmEm says:
@Cho- That's right.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2017
docdotcalm24vt says:
Good tip. is this as good as the one in Pula? I wish Albanaia was easier to get to from Croatia or Bosnia.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2017
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tj1777 tj1777
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Amphitheatre in Durres Apr 09, 2009
In the centre of Durres you will find an old amphitheatre build during the roman rule in Albania. The amphitheatre were originally build as a theatre but later the lowest ten rows of seats were removed to change the theatre into a amphitheatre so it could be used for gladiator fights and animals fights. Traditionally the spectators did not want to get to animals fighting for some strange reason.

You can actually see most of the amphitheatre from the street around it - so you can consider whether or not to go in and have a closer look at the place. The main thing you can do inside is go in through some of the underground tunnels under the seat of the theatre.

It is a bit strange to see buildings within this ancient 15.000 seat old theatre - but there are still a couple of houses inside the theatre which is still in habituated.
The seats of the amphitheatre
One of the tunnels under the ground
Inside the tunnel

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