Friday, 12 July 2013

Chester - Roman Bath and Amphitheatre

The baths were a part of the Chester fortress. They occupied a block about 85 metres square.

Two Amphiteatres have stood in Chester. The first, smaller amphitheatre was built soon after AD 80.
 It had stone walls and an earth seating bank. Timber seating later replaced the bank on the north side and a staircase was built against the outer wall. The second ampitheatre had been rebuilt and enlarged. The old outer wall was demolished and a new higher one was built. Starways were inserted and the capacity increased to about 7000 people.
The height was about 13 meter, length 102 metre, and the width 88 meter. It is the largest amphitheartre currently known in Roman Britain.

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