Windisch Roman Amphitheatre

Windisch, Switzerland

The Roman amphitheatre in Windisch was built in the first half of the 1st century AD in the immediate vicinity of the Roman legion camp Vindonissa. It is the largest ancient amphitheatre in Switzerland.

During the reign of Emperor Tiberius (14 to 37 AD), when the Legio XIII Gemina was stationed in Vindonissa, a first wooden amphitheatre was built. It was destroyed by fire around 45 AD.

The camp was rebuilt of stone around 50 AD by Legio XXI Rapax and it has been preserved until today. The outer wall was 111 × 99 meters, the arena 64 × 52 meters. There was space for around 11,000 spectators.

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Founded: c. 50 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Switzerland

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Gabi Quidort (19 months ago)
Es gibt normalerweise nicht viel zu sehen... aber tolle Atmosphäre
dan D (20 months ago)
Gr8 place to catch some sunrays
Oleksandr Melnyk (2 years ago)
Interesting historycal place
Martin Mathis (3 years ago)
It's still standing :-)
Lazić Nebojša (3 years ago)
Interesting place
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