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The Roman amphitheater in Durres is the best preserved ancient monument of the city. The oval arena, 120 meters long and 20 meters high, is below ground level. The stage and rooms for gladiators and animals located under the stands have been preserved.
The amphitheater was built in the 2nd century AD. It belonged to the largest in the Balkans. Around 20,000 people could be accommodated in its stands. Until the middle of the 4th century, it was used primarily for gladiator fights. After the earthquake in 345, it was severely damaged. A chapel was set up in its basement in the 5th century, and a cemetery was located in the arena.
While visiting the amphitheater, you can see early Christian paintings and mosaics from the fifth and sixth centuries on the walls of the rooms for gladiators and animals. Today, the arena is also used as a place for outdoor cultural events.