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Mérida Roman Circus

  • General view of the circus in Mérida © Junta de Extremadura

    General view of the circus in Mérida © Junta de Extremadura

  

Category

Roman circus

Date

First century

Style

Roman
Avda. Juan Carlos I
06800 Mérida
Badajoz, Extremadura
Badajoz

The centre of the Roman chariot races.

It was used for chariot races and according to the inscription, it was later adapted to serve as a venue for naval games. It belongs to Mérida’s archaeological site, which has the UNESCO World Heritage designation.

It has a rectangular shape and is divided in two lengthwise down the middle along the raised central platform, which would originally have been covered in marble. Still visible are the arena where the races took place, the seating areas or stands, and the doors known as carceres through which the competitors entered the ring. It is one of the best conserved circuses in existence.

Practical information

Timetables

 

Apr 01 to Sep 30

Monday to Sunday

Does not close at midday

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

 

Oct 01 to Mar 31

Monday to Sunday

Does not close at midday

9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Rates

 

General: €6

Reduced: €3

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