Amphitheatre of El Jem
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  • Boufamilyt
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent Experience
    Visiting El Jem amphitheater was amazing. It’s in the middle of a regular city, and all of a sudden, there’s this massive Roman coliseum towering over us. It was a very hot day, so we got there at 9 am and left by 10, because it was over 100 Fahrenheit/ 40 Celsius, and we wanted to go to the nearby museum also. However, during that short time, we climbed and walked around all levels of the amphitheater and in the arena itself. Many areas were shaded, thankfully, although it was still very hot. There were very few people (maybe because of the heat, or maybe because everyone goes to Rome to see the coliseum there?) so we could explore as we wished with no waiting. A highlight was going underground and seeing the structure and organization underneath the arena, and imagining what it was like for the people who walked the same path almost 2,000 years ago. A truly awesome experience!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • David B
    Bruce, Australia994 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable
    This site needs to be seen to be believed. It is in remarkably good order for a structure about 2,000 years old. You can easily and relatively safely wander all over. There is a small amount of interpretive material but not nearly enough. The site is hot and dusty. Best visited on a cool day.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 August 2023
  • scareahgraves
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Must See!
    Amazing structure that has been incredibly preserved! Walking into the coliseum was incredible as if I had walked thousand of years back in time & you can absolutely feel the energy that called this place home. A must see if given the opportunity. Bring snacks and water for the climb.
    Visited September 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Mike W
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see
    So glad I took the time to visit, it’s a must see. I travelled from Sousse via train which is a huge saving on a scheduled tour but the trains are very old and not comfortable. The amphitheatre is access all areas so all the upper levels and the underground section which is amazing for a heritage site. Negatives are how it’s been neglected, absolutely tons of litter everywhere and a lot of ugly plastic chairs in the main arena which both spoiled the experience for me. It deserves better care and to be presented to maximum effect.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Viky_Vedat
    Sheffield, United Kingdom43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden "Jem"
    We travelled from Hammamet to visit and well worth the journey. Only around £3 each to get in and this ticket also give you access to the museum which is about a 5 min drive from there. Unlike the colluseum in Rome you can move freely around going in all the places including under where the animals, slaves and gladiators were kept. There are alot of steps so maybe not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, and if you have kids keep them close as some places there is nothing to stop you falling... which is also what makes it great!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • 42RichardB42
    Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Far better than the Collesium
    The £3 entrance ticket gives you access to the entire site. You can climb up to the third tier, step into the arena and even go down into the underground passageways. Just as imposing a structure as the collesium without the crowds and with far better access - a must see
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Adam Jones
    Beijing, China190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Amphitheater
    The colosseum at El Jem is amazing. It is very well preserved (compared with other amphitheaters except the Colosseum in Rome) and is the third largest amphitheater in the world. Visitors can visit under the amphitheater where the wild animals were kept, along with the floor of the amphitheater and the seating. It’s a must see for Roman ruin enthusiasts
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Tammy
    West Midlands, United Kingdom7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely visit
    Amazing place - worth visiting We hired a car and when we parked up we thought wow! Only 12D for adults and 2D for children The area outside in the dark was scary as there are too many youngest around travelling in large groups. Driving was scary on the way back to Sousse as there are no lights. Weather was spot on during the day - clear sky and lovely and warm! Candy floss was yummy for 2D. There are camels outside for a quick photo and ride for 1D. Defo worth a visit, my children loved playing hide and seek there
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Jeff K
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania2,192 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Impressive
    We stopped here as part of guided day trip from Tunis. I had underestimated the size of the place as it’s huge. Aside from the Coliseum in Rome I haven’t seen any Roman amphitheaters this big. It’s quite impressive. Good to see with a guide as you’ll learn more. Recommended.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 January 2024
  • Toru O
    Setagaya, Japan2,897 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    A must-see attraction in El Jem. The coliseum is well-preserved and only a 7 minute walk from the nearest bus station. Admission is 12 TND and includes entrance to the Archeological Museum nearby. However, the museum is a bit of a walk from the coliseum so you should be there no later than 2pm to get the best of your ticket. To get there, take a louage (shared taxi) from Sousse. It should take about an hour.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 January 2024
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paul J
Bourne, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I’ve been to a number of coliseums around the world and this is up there with the best. Only £4 to enter and a mere £3 to travel first class ( don’t get too excited but it’s better than standard class) each way on the train for sous so don’t bother with the expensive tours as the experience is far better travelling with the locals. The train takes one hour each way and when you arrive it’s only a 5 minute walk to the coliseum. They are doing some rebuilds on one side which gives you a better understand ding of what it must have been like 1800 years ago. The condition however is excellent and the opportunity to walk and experience the under side of the battle arena as well as the high level gantry adds to the experience. A couple of hours is plenty of time before returning on the train
Written 26 February 2020
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Stuart h h
Liverpool, UK32 contributions
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Apr 2022
We went to El Jem expecting big things and were not disappointed. I have visited Roman sites from Hadrian's Wall, to....well Tunisia, El Jem Has to be one of the best I have ever seen, it is up there with Pompeii and Putoli.
It cost 12 Dinar per adult to get in with our 10 year getting free. Sadly, due to the collapse of the Tunisian tourist industry, we were hounded by hawkers literally as soon as we stepped out of our hire car, some of whom are pretty belligerent almost all of whom are a bit of a nuisance. I feel really sorry for these people who's livelihoods disappeared, but even our patience and sympathy wears thin from the constant hassle. That said, due to the situation we had this incredible site more or less to ourselves. There is a lack of signage on the site, so I would recommend reading up a little or having a guidebook. You are welcome to wander around almost all the site and even those people with only a little knowledge of Roman history would be very glad they visited.
There is a shop in the site itself which sells the usual souvenirs. However the prices here are refreshingly fixed and reasonable, the Dad and Son owners were charming and polite, I would definitely recommend going to this shop for some nice keep sales.
Would we all go back to El Jem? You betcha!!! Ave El Jem!!
Written 8 April 2022
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minerva r
New York City, NY48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This was an interesting trip. I met a local that took me to the bus station and it cost us $15 to travel to El Jem. The trip from Tunis is probably 1 1/2 hours. The roads are good. The place is beautiful. The day we visited, which was on a weekday, we had the entire amphitheater to ourselves. There is a small shop near the entrance and then a short walk and you are there. My daughter loved this place so much, she wants her wedding to be here.

There are some nearby antiquities shops across from the amphitheater that you must visit. I purchased vases, trays, and beautiful sculptures. My favorite trip in Tunisia. This is a must do in Tunisia. Not to be missed.
Written 23 March 2020
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mrc282
World8,898 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Solo
for interior facade, photos will be better in the afternoon due to the lopsided nature of this amphitheater. one half of it is still well preserved, while the other half is broken. if you visit in the morning, a big portion of the interior structure will be in the shadows.

the sun will be shining directly on the exterior facade in the morning. crowds are also probably thinner in the earlier part of day
Written 4 January 2023
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Viky_Vedat
Sheffield, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We travelled from Hammamet to visit and well worth the journey. Only around £3 each to get in and this ticket also give you access to the museum which is about a 5 min drive from there.

Unlike the colluseum in Rome you can move freely around going in all the places including under where the animals, slaves and gladiators were kept. There are alot of steps so maybe not suitable for people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility, and if you have kids keep them close as some places there is nothing to stop you falling... which is also what makes it great!
Written 27 September 2023
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StotheN
Stockholm, Sweden538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This one was surprisingly well preserved, given that the surrounding town of El Jem was built up using material from this coliseum. I travelled from Tunis for this trip via Kairouan and the amphitheatre took my breath away. You get to go under the floor and see where the animals were kept for gladiators to fight in the arena. You can walk amongst where the plebeians would sit. You can also climb to the top tier and take in the panoramic view of the entire stadium and if you turn around, you get to see El Jem in all its glory too!

A tour guide is highly recommended for the historic perspective of this monument. Not wheel chair friendly and lot of walking with climbing involved. There is an on-site boutique shop for souvenirs. Get your drinks and eatables from just outside the amphitheatre. Ticket priced at 12TND for foreigners and 8 TND for locals and Maghreb arabs.
Written 30 November 2021
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Badawi
Dubai, United Arab Emirates50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Family
In general very easy to find the spot to park outside the colosseum. Entrance is very affordable. 12 dinars for adults and 6 dinars for kids to be bought at the entrance gate.
Always good to do some historical read and research before visiting as there is no that much description on site.
Few shops outside the amphitheater are selling souvenirs and mosaique. As well good prices.
All together we spent round a good hour inside which is more than enough for taking a big tour and photos. Definitely much smaller than Rome amphitheater but nice and enjoyable.
You can catch a beautiful top view over the city.
Written 7 July 2023
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Stuart A
Ramsgate, UK391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
An amazing place, so full of history, right in the centre of El Jem. 12 Dinars entry (just under £3 sterling - bargain) an amazing feeling from this ancient colosseum, you can just imagine the gladiators battling slaves and lions. Also, on a personal note, my interest was because they filmed the "people's front of Judea" sketch from Monty Python's Life of Brian here!! Splitters!! Overall, well worth a visit. They also now use it show movies and concerts, it has great acoustics. There are toilets available, a small coffee shop and a gift shop.
Written 22 September 2022
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,340 contributions
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Oct 2022
Arriving in El Jem, you can't help but admire the magnificent Amphitheater. The Amphitheater of El Jem is an oval amphitheater in the modern-day city of El Djem, Tunisia, formerly Thysdrus in the Roman province of Africa. The amphitheater here in El Djem was built by the Romans under proconsul Gordian, who was acclaimed emperor at Thysdrus, around 238 and was mainly used for gladiator shows and small-scale chariot races. It is one of the best preserved Roman stone ruins in the world, and is unique in Africa. Like other amphitheatres in the Roman Empire, it was built for spectator events, and it is one of the biggest amphitheatres in the world. The Amphitheater of El Jem could seat 35,000 spectators. Only the Colosseum in Rome (seating about 50,000 spectators) and the ruined theater of Capua were larger. The amphitheater is built of stone blocks, located on a flat ground, and is exceptionally well preserved. Until the 17th century, it remained more or less whole. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan. At a tense moment during struggles with the Ottomans, the Turks used cannons to flush the rebels out of the amphitheater. Namely in 1695, during the Revolutions of Tunis, Mohamed Bey El Mouradi made an opening in one of the walls to stop the resistance of the followers of his brother Ali Bey al-Mouradi who gathered inside the amphitheater. Around 1850, the breach in the wall was enlarged by Ahmad I ibn Mustafa to approximately 30 metres (98 ft). In the second half of the 19th century, the structure was used for shops, dwellings, and grain storage. The ruins of the amphitheater were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979. It hosts the annual El Djem International Symphony Festival.
Written 28 November 2022
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TravellingButlers
Norwich, UK60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
A must stop for anyone visiting Tunisia. The building is very well preserved and interesting to walk around. Not only can you stand in the centre and marvel at it, but there are stairs
cases everywhere which enable you to climb not only up, but down underneath. A few nice shops on the way too. We stopped as part of a guided tour with my baby and toddler (who loved it!) and I loved hearing the History. I have not been to Rome to see the Collaseum, but this really impressed me.
Written 9 March 2022
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