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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Roland Käser (13 months ago)
Here you can well imagine the dramas that took place in this amphitheater. Very well entertained, usually with very few visitors. A “must” for history lovers!
Gabi Quidort (2 years ago)
Es gibt normalerweise nicht viel zu sehen... aber tolle Atmosphäre
dan D (2 years ago)
Gr8 place to catch some sunrays
dan D (2 years ago)
Gr8 place to catch some sunrays
Oleksandr Melnyk (3 years ago)
Interesting historycal place
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