Roman Circus

The ruins of the Roman circus are located in Vega Baja, on each side of the avenue of Carlos III, with which disappeared a large part of the base of its stands. Its north-east to south-east orientation avoided dazzling from the chariots. It was built at the end of the I Century with an extended base of 408 metres, composed of two straight parallel lines with 86.2 metres separating them and two more curves.

The west end was semicircular and stood on twenty-two vaults to start the chariot races. A small wall, on the inside, separated the two directions. The existing vaults supported different levels of stands that could hold up to 13,000 spectators. Of the large access gates, only the upper parts on both sides can be seen.

It was in operation until the IV Century. Its later abandonment caused the disappearance of its fine panelling materials. It was used as a cemetery at different times, as well as a storage place for vessels and was also used as shelter by beggars at the end of the XVIII Century, causing cardinal Lorenzana to order several vaults that still remained to be thrown away.

Currently a large part is integrated into the park known as Campo Escolar, created in 1906 for the Fiesta del Árbol, recovering the wasteland outside of the city walls, since the development of the area would take nearly half a century. In its surroundings there was a Roman theatre, on the plot now occupied by a school.

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