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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Caerleon Amphitheatre

The Caerleon Amphitheatre is the only fully excavated Roman amphitheatre in Great Britain. The Caerleon Amphitheatre was built in 90AD and was maintained until its abandonment in the 3rd century when the Second Augustan Roman Legion departed. The Caerleon Amphitheatre was built just outside the Isca fortress defenses.

Caerleon Amphitheatre

The Caerleon Amphitheatre boasted 8 vaulted entrances, a shrine possibly to the goddess Nemesis, and seating for 6,000 spectators.

Caerleon Amphitheatre

Visitors to the Caerleon Amphitheatre can also catch a glimpse of the remains of the fortress wall which once surrounded Isca (see beyond fenceline below).

Caerleon Amphitheatre

The Caerleon Amphitheatre is on Broadway in Caerleon. Visitors to the Amphitheatre may also want to visit the nearby Caerleon Fortress Baths, Roman Legionary Museum, Raglan Castle or White Castle.

Caerleon Amphitheatre Map

© 2010 John Westby

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