Amphitheatre of El Jem

UNESCO RegionArab States
CoordinatesN35 17 47.004 E10 42 24.984
Inscription Date1979
Minor Modifications2010
Property (ha)1.37
Buffer Zone (ha)26
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsCommercial development
All ThreatsHousing
Unesco Reference Number38
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionThe impressive ruins of the largest colosseum in North Africa, a huge amphitheatre which could hold up to 35,000 spectators, are found in the small village of El Jem. This 3rd-century monument illustrates the grandeur and extent of Imperial Rome.
StatusWorld Heritage Site