Chester's Roman Amphitheatre

This video shows how the Roman ampitheatre in Deva (Chester, Cheshire, UK) might have looked in the mid 3rd Century. It stood at the South East corner of the fortress, and could hold around 7,500 people.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, standing at the outer South East corner of the fortress.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, standing at the outer South East corner of the fortress.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, as would have been seen from the River Dee in the mid 3rd Century.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, as would have been seen from the River Dee in the mid 3rd Century.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with the evening setting sun highlighting the western entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with the evening setting sun highlighting the western entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with the morning sun, on the summer solstice, shining through the eastern entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with the morning sun, on the summer solstice, shining through the eastern entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with one of the 'vomitoria' which allows public access to the seating banks.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, with one of the 'vomitoria' which allows public access to the seating banks.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the large East entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the large East entrance.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman ampitheatre, showing the lower stone tiers of seating, with the upper tiers being wooden.

Chester's Roman Amphitheatre

Chester is a city in the North West of England, UK. It sits on a sandstone ridge, originally amongst marshland. During the 1st Century, there was a Roman fort built atop the ridge, originally made from wood with turf ramparts, and later rebuilt in stone. At the South East corner, on the outside of the fortress, the remains of an amphitheatre was found during roadworks in the 1920's. Little remains of the structure, but the arena floor, and the outer wall foundations remain. From the footprint, it can be surmised that it had 3 phases of building. The first was likely as a ludus, a grassy training arena, then a larger stone and wood one was built, and finally, an even larger stone version that could house as many as 7,500 people was built.

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