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The Roman circus was established around 20 BC and is the best-preserved structure of this type in the world. It is part of the archaeological site in Merida, which has been fully inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The arena for chariot and quadriga races is the most characteristic feature of ancient Rome's colossal architecture. The ruins, modeled on Circus Maximus, delight with the monumental main entrance - 'Porta Pompae' and the original exit of the winners - 'Porta Triumphalis'.
Monumental buildings of this type were destroyed very quickly. Due to their size and location on the plains, they were often transformed, thus losing their overall structure. Such a fate befell, among others the most famous Circus Maximus in Rome. The Circus in Merida was spared due to its location away from the city walls.
The Spanish arena covers an area of over 30,000 m2 and in its prime it was able to accommodate over 30,000 spectators.