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Amphitheatre Saintes: photo description (Amphitheatre de Saintes)

This is a public structure from the Roman period was built in the first century (presumably in the 40) and is considered a Saint in the best-preserved example of the architecture of that time, and also the oldest building in the city. The amphitheatre was built in the Santonian Mediolanum (this was the ancient name of Saint) earlier than in neighboring towns where such facilities were built in II-III centuries.

The capacity of the amphitheater was about twenty thousand people - almost the entire population of Mediolanum, but now the once-prominent building is preserved only the first level. The dimensions of this structure were: the amphitheater itself was the length and width of 126 and 102 meters, and its arena was equal to 66 ft in length and 39 in width.

Recently in Senta during the excavations were discovered ancient human remains in chains. Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient burial ground of several hundred gladiators or slaves who died during the bloody performances on the arena of the Roman amphitheatre. The shackles were only on a few skeletons, including one child, and the burial was located a short distance from the amphitheatre.

Currently, the ruins of the amphitheatre are the venue of summer musical events.

To the Roman heritage of the Saint are still several outstanding structures, better preservation may boast of only one arch, also built in the first century in honor of the Emperor Tiberius, his son Druse and nephew Germanicus. In Senta, the ruins of the Roman baths, and the smaller the testimonies of the Roman era are kept in the local archaeological Museum.