Photographer's Note

Beyond the medieval city wall of Trier lies the Roman Amphitheater. Cruel games with animal and gladiator combats were conducted here popular public entertainment.
The arena, built in the 2nd century A.D. for cruel games with gladiators and animals, had a seating capacity of about 20,000.
Underneath the arena is a vast cellar where, in Roman times, prisoners sentenced to death (ad bestias, to the beasts!) were kept alongside exotic wild animals like African lions or Asian tigers.
A moveable platform took them up to the arena for the final show-down.
With its crystal-clear acoustics, the Amphitheatre serves as a venue for the Antiquity Festival and is used today for occasional open-air concerts.

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