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Ikaalinen Church

Ikaalinen Church was completed and inaugrated on 4 August 1801. Architect was Thure Wennberg and builder Salomon Köhlström (Köykkä). It is a wooden cruciform church and seats approximately 1,100 people. The altarpiece is Berndt Godenhjelm's 'Glorification of the Christ' from 1874. During the summer, Ikaalinen Church functions as a road church. The rugged belfry was built in conjunction with the renovation of the churc ...
Founded: 1801 | Location: Ikaalinen, Finland

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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.