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Chester Roman Amphitheatre
- Chester Roman Amphitheatre
- Alt Name:
- United Kingdom
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- Wroxeter Roman City, Chester Roman Gardens,
Hadrian’s Wall, York City Walls,
about Chester Roman Amphitheatre
Chester Roman Amphitheatre is Britain’s largest known Roman amphitheatre. Originally part of the Roman settlement of ‘Deva’ which was founded in around 79AD and is now modern day Chester, Chester Roman Amphitheatre would have been able to seat between 8,000 and 12,000 spectators.
Two amphitheatres were actually built on the site of Chester Roman Amphitheatre, both stone-built with wooden seating but each quite different in other respects.
At its peak, Chester Roman Amphitheatre was a place where Rome’s 20th Legion trained and where the people of Deva were entertained. More recent findings have suggested that it was also the site of gruesome shows where gladiators were chained and tortured. The exact activities which would have taken place are unclear and archaeologists are still exploring Chester Roman Amphitheatre.
Sadly, little has remained of this once great structure. Most of its materials were used to construct the Chester City Walls and much of it is buried under the modern landscape. However, the outline of the amphitheatre is clear.
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Address: Little Saint John Street, Chester CH1 2HS
Phone: 0870 333 1181
Located in the southeast of Chester. Vicars Lane, beyond Newgate.
Open at reasonable times and free to enter.
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