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The arena is on the edge of the old town sites, and a nice place to start your walking tour. Price to enter the arena is $8, which seems awful expensive for what you see inside; nothing special you cannot see outside. The irony is some people go inside and stand there, kind of wondering why they did that to take a picture from there. WE did just fine in picture taking outside.
The arena was first under construction in 27BC, and it did not get its final completion until 60AD. Then shortly after, Claudius expanded the arena to have gladiator fights. The basic gladiator shows of fighting stopped around 400's, and no fighting took place after 681. In the 5th century, people began dismantling the arena and used stones for other sites to build in town. What remains are the outside walls since the inside stones were utilized elsewhere. The size is about 400x300 feet circular, and it has three levels of arched columns. It is said (not by me) that this is the 6th largest arean of Roman building era, and one of the best preserved (maybe outside facade). The seating was 23,000 at one time, and now is around 5,000. Events are still held here
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