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Built in the 2nd century AD, the Hippodrome of Tyre was the largest in the Roman Empire. Its immensity is seen today through its 500 metres of length and 160 metres of width! Stadium seating surrounding the long race track once accommodated as many as 20,000 spectators who enjoyed the thrill of watching racing chariots. Sections of these seats were reconstructed by archaeologists, and with a little imagination illustrate what the entire structure must have been in its heyday. The centre of the racetrack is marked by a red granite obelisk, still standing to this day, and a statue of Hercules/Melkart which has since disappeared. In the Romano-Byzantine period, the Hippodrome was left to crumble, but a Byzantine Church was erected in the middle of the racetrack, though no traces of the church have survived.
Address: al-Bass Archaeological Site - Area 3
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