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The amphitheater is a restored and well-kept remnant of a Roman building that is open to the public. It has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2000 as an integral part of the Tarraco archaeological complex.
The amphitheater with dimensions of 130 x 102 meters consisted of an arena, a podium for spectators divided into zones with seats and covers, as well as special tunnels for keeping animals.
The amphitheater was built in the 2nd century. There were bloody shows organized for the amusement of Roman citizens, such as gladiatorial duels, animal fights or hunting.
It was a typical example of ancient Roman architecture of this type of building. A temple dedicated to the Christian martyrs was built in the south-eastern part of the amphitheater in the 6th century.
In the 12th century it was enlarged and rebuilt in the Romanesque style, after which it was given the name of the Church of Santa Maria del Miracle.