Trier Amphitheater

Trier, Germany

The Roman Amphitheater in Trier is designated as part of the Roman Monuments, Cathedral of St. Peter and Church of Our Lady in Trier UNESCO World Heritage Site. The arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000. When you enter the premises you walk through the ruins of the entrance gate. This was used as a quarry in the Middle Ages. The arena itself is surrounded by a protecting wall with openings for animal cages. Underneath the arena is a vast cellar where, in Roman times, prisoners sentenced to death were kept alongside exotic wild animals like African lions or Asian tigers.

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Bergstraße 35, Trier, Germany
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Founded: 100-200 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Germany
Historical period: Germanic Tribes (Germany)

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Mark Etterman (5 months ago)
Very cool place. Just to stand and imagine all the things that happened there. Amazing
Laura Peters (6 months ago)
The Romans left their mark throughout Europe; their amazing vision and ability defines an empire. A visit to the Trier Amphitheater is time well spent. Too bad that so much of it was dismantled by folks in the middle ages, but much survives.
Nidhi Venkatesh (7 months ago)
Amphitheater is covered in the Antiquity card. Take the stairs in the center to access the underground sewer system of Roman times. The wooden structure with natural lighting is beautiful.
Steve Johnson (7 months ago)
Well-preserved Roman Amphitheater, one of many scattered across Europe, but in remarkable shape. This is within easy walking distance of the center of Trier.
Priscilla (7 months ago)
How often can a person say they went into a Gladiator Stadium?! This is a MUST see if you head to Trier. You are able to even head down to the Gladiators waiting area. I really love the fact they also hand out a tiny pamphlet that has a ton of info about the stadium as well. I would also recommend heading up to the vineyards beside the stadium, there you will have the MOST AMAZING view of the city. It’s totally worth it.
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