The Kvarnen Museum is dedicated to the memory of the poet Nils Ferlin. The ground floor contains permanent exhibitions related to the life and work of the writer. The displays concentrate mainly on the early years of his life. The first floor hosts changing temporary art exhibitions in various media. The museum is located by the river in the heart of Filipstad. It was opened in 2005.
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.