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Merida Roman Circus
- Merida Roman Circus
- Alt Name:
- Circo Romano de Merida
- Ancient Rome
- 100BC - 1BC
- Merida Amphitheatre, Merida Roman Theatre,
Guadiana Bridge, The Los Milagros Aqueduct,
about Merida Roman Circus
The Merida Roman Circus or “Circo Romano de Merida” was built in the time that the city, then known as Augusta Emerita, was part of one of the colonies of the Roman Empire.
A vast sports arena able to accommodate up to 30,000 people, Merida’s Roman Circus would have been the site of chariot races and even naval games. It is considered to be one of the largest of its kind and, whilst it is unclear as to when the circus was constructed, it may have been around 25 BC, when Merida itself was founded.
Today, Merida’s Roman Circus is in fairly good condition for a ruin of this type, still having its original track, stands and gateways. There is now a visitor centre where tourists can learn about its history. Like other historic sites in Merida, the Roman Circus is part of the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Address: Av del Rey Don Juan Carlos I, Merida, Spain
Phone: +34 924004910
Merida Roman Circus is located in the northwest of the city of Merida in Spain, which is around 60km from Badajoz.
Merida’s Roman Circus is open daily 10am-2pm and 5pm-7:30pm (4pm-6.30pm Oct-May). Closed 1 Jan, 24, 25, 31 Dec. Entry €4, free for under 8’s. Combined tickets to Merida’s sites available (approx. €9).
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