Si Trova: all'interno del parco archeologico della Neapolis
Lat: 37° 4' 28.53084" N - Long: 15° 16' 42.33292" E
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You can imagine the real proportions of this magnificent Roman amphitheater, the largest in Sicily, built between the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, of which only the lower part remains.
It has been almost entirely excavated in the rock except in the southern part; the upper part, on the other hand, had been built in elevation and only its foundations remain, as its blocks were reused for the construction of the Spanish fortifications of Ortigia in the 16th century.
In order to imagine the totality of the steps ypu have to ideally add two more orders above the existing one; so you will notice that the building was really impressive both in width and in height, the largest in Sicily, one of the largest of its kind in Italy; its external diagonals measure 140 by 119 meters.
The arena, 70 by 40 meters, is surrounded by a podium under which there is a corridor with openings on it.
Under the arena there was a rectangular room that was connected with the southern entrance through an underground passage; in these rooms the machines that were used for the shows were kept.
The first steps were reserved for important people, and some of them still retain blocks with inscriptions of the name of the owners of the places.
In ancient times the main entrance was on the south side, and was preceded by a large square.
Today the path inside the Archaeological Park of Neapolis that leads to the amphitheater leads from the north entrance, near which there was a large tank to water the horses.
Today we discover...
Motta S.Anastasia castle
The prison of Count Cabrera
Castello di Motta S.Anastasia
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