The Roman circus of Mérida is a ruined Roman circus in Mérida, Spain. Used for chariot racing, it was modelled on the Circus Maximus in Rome and other circus buildings throughout the empire. Measuring more than 400 m in length and 30 m of width, it is one of the best preserved examples of the Roman circus. It could house up to 30,000 spectators.HistoryThere is no consensus about the circus' dating, as it was built and used for several years before its official dedication. It seems to have been built sometime around 20 BC and inaugurated some 30 years later. It was located far outside the city walls, but close to the road that connected the city to Toledo and Córdoba.After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, and the rise of Christianity in Spain, the circus saw more use than the other Roman structures of Mérida, since racing was considered less sinful than spectacles performed in the theater and Amphitheater.Modern statusMérida's circus remains very well preserved. As is true with the Circus Maximus, most circuses's structures have been destroyed over time as the area occupied by them was great and often in very flat land near their respective cities. The Mérida circus however has kept numerous structures, including the Porta Pompae ("main entrance"), the Porta Triumphalis ("triumph gate"), the spina (the longitudinal wall), the tribunal iudicium ("tribune of the judges").For Circo romano and beyond, use our Merida vacation planner to get the most from your Merida vacation.
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Built around year 20 BC. 400 metres long, 30 metres wide it held up to 30 thousand spectators for chariot racing. One of the best preserved examples of the Roman circus. There's a good exhibition... more »
Impressive that it's been left as it is to show how big it was. Not much going on though. We didn't go in, we just peered through the fence. more »
Quite historical place, well preserved. But the information inside the information centre and the movie were in spanish. Expensive entrance (6 euros). Better buying a combined ticket (15 euros) and visit all sites.
In better condition then one in rome
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