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Vihterpalu Manor

In 1622, Vihterpalu estate was granted to Thomas von Ramm by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. The present building probably dates from the 19th century and is in a late Neoclassical style. Elisabeth von Ramm married Gustav von Knorrig in 1816 and they started to build a new main building, which was completed in the 1820s. The façade is dominated by a central pedimented section. Today Vihterpalu manor provides a ...
Founded: 1820s | Location: Vihterpalu, Estonia

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Caerleon Roman Amphitheatre

Built around AD 90 to entertain the legionaries stationed at the fort of Caerleon (Isca), the impressive amphitheatre was the Roman equivalent of today’s multiplex cinema. Wooden benches provided seating for up to 6,000 spectators, who would gather to watch bloodthirsty displays featuring gladiatorial combat and exotic wild animals.

Long after the Romans left, the amphitheatre took on a new life in Arthurian legend. Geoffrey of Monmouth, the somewhat imaginative 12th-century scholar, wrote in his History of the Kings of Britain that Arthur was crowned in Caerleon and that the ruined amphitheatre was actually the remains of King Arthur’s Round Table.

Today it is the most complete Roman amphitheatre in Britain.