Amphitheatre of El Jem



CountryTunisia
UNESCO RegionArab States
LocationEl-Mahdia
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
URLhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/38
State of Conservation Reporthttp://whc.unesco.org/en/soc/?action=list&id_site=38
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