El Jem & Kairouan

El Jem & Kairouan, photo by Walid Mahfoudh
El Jem & Kairouan (photo by Walid Mahfoudh)
 

El Jem is a small town in eastern Tunisia that holds the remains of a UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman amphitheater.

El Jem was formerly the Roman town of Thysdrus, one of the most important towns in North Africa after Carthage (now located near Tunis). Its famous Roman amphitheater was built around the middle of the third century AD and was thought to house up to 35,000 spectators.

About an hour away is Kairouan, a Muslim holy city that is ranked fourth in importance after Mecca, Medina and Jerusalem as a place of pilgrimage for Muslims. Its large mosque and cultural history have made it a UNESECO World Heritage Site.

Access to the main courtyard is available to all visitors. Non-Muslims are not permitted into the prayer hall itself, but the doors are open to allow views inside. The area surrounding the mosque include old houses and souks, as well as honeycomb of passageways with wells and fountains.

 

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Cultural
Islamic Landmarks
Kairouan is one of the holy cities and spiritual capitals of Islam. The Great Mosque, rebuilt in the 9th century, is not only one of the major monuments of Islam but also a universal architectural masterpiece. The many but small changes in it have not altered the layout of this place of prayer. It has served as a model for several other Maghreban mosques, particularly for its decorative motifs, which are unique.
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Archeological Sites
El Jem’s giant amphitheater is thought to have been built around the middle of the third century AD, and housed up to 35,000 spectators. Unlike the Roman coliseum, it is possible to visit the basement beneath the center of the arena and view the rooms where the animals for the fights would once would have been caged. Its authenticity has led to its being used as in films, including Life of Brian and Gladiator.

There are other archeological remains from Roman Thysdrus, with the streets and floor plans laid out over a large area showing the variations to the house and villa plan. The museum contains a large selection of mosaics and a restored Roman villa that provides a feel of ancient living styles.
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