An interactive map of El Djem in Tunisia. You can use the drop-down near the top right of this El Djem map to select a El Djem street / road map view, a terrain view, satellite view or a hybrid with the road map overlaid on satellite view of El Djem. Controls on the left of the El Djem Google map allow you to zoom in and out as you explore the area.
Pins on the map indicate the full-screen virtual tour, 360° panoramas that have been taken in various locations in and around El Djem. Clicking on the map pin will load the virtual tour selected in the area above the map of El Djem. These virtual tours show some of the sights, attractions and other places of interest around El Djem. Where available, there are also virtual tours of some of the El Djem hotels, restaurants, museums etc.
Add Your Virtual Tours to the El Djem MapThe 360° virtual tours shown on this El Djem map are contributed by various photographers. If you would like to add your own virtual tours to this map then please see the FAQ and the For Photographers pages. Our hosting services are free for non-commercial locations. Commercial locations such as hotels, attractions and restaurants etc should refer to our virtual tour hosting pages for further information and costs.
Embed this El Djem Map on Your SiteAdding this El Djem map to your own site / blog is a fantastic way of providing interactive and immersive content for your visitors. The various options for embedding both individual virtual tour panoramas or entire 'Regional Tours' (showing both the interactive El Djem map and panoramas) can be found on the embed a tour page.
Amphitheatre at El Jem - Description
El Jem Amphitheatre is one of the most impressive Roman ruins on North Africa and the main tourist attraction in El Djem village. Known as Thysdrus by the Romans, El Djem grew rich on olive trade, the climate being much more temperate 2000 years ago and the village lying at the crossroads of a major trade route through Tunisia.
The Amphitheatre was built by Marcus Antonius Gordianus in the early 3rd century and used for gladiator and wild animal shows. It is the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is only slightly smaller than the Colosseum in Rome, with a capacity for 35,000 spectators..
In the early third century, Gordianus lead a revolt against the Roman Emperor of the time, but eventually lost and committed suicide in 238 AD. El Jem was sacked by troops loyal to the Emperor and the town never properly recovered, sinking into poverty. The Amphitheatre remained mostly intact, though some of the stone was re-used within the village and some taken to build the Great Mosque in Kairouan.
Today, the amphitheatre is used concert venue during the classical music festival held here each summer. Next to the amphitheatre is a museum exploring some of the Roman history and artefacts. El Jem has also opened workshops where craftsmen are rediscovering the art of mosaic.