Friday, January 13, 2012

El Djem in Tunisia, Africa

 El Jem - Tunisia

The amphitheatre of El Djem (this is written in 4 languages on the back)

postmarked in 2011 with a Tunisia stamp

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El Djem is famous for its amphitheatre (often incorrectly called "a coliseum"), capable of seating 35,000 spectators. Only Rome's Colosseum (about 45,000 spectators) and the ruined theatre of Capua are larger. The amphitheatre was built by the Romans around 238 and was probably mainly used for gladiator shows and chariot races.

Until the 17th century it remained more or less whole. From then on its stones were used for building the nearby village of El Djem and transported to the Great Mosque in Kairouan, and at a tense moment during struggles with the Ottomans, the Turks used cannons to flush rebels out of the amphitheatre.

The ruins of the amphitheatre were declared a World Heritage Site in 1979.

Tunisia (Tunisie) stamp 2011
La Verveine odorante (French for Lemon Verbena)
Lippia triphylla (Aloysia citrodora or Lemon Beebrush) 600

One more postcard (postmarked in 2012) ...

L'Amphitheatre d'El DJem
The amphitheatre of El DJem

postmarked in 2012 with a Tunisia pottery stamp 

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