We’re in the Guildhall Yard, and if you take a quick look at the ground, you’ll notice a line that represents what was once the perimeter of the ancient amphitheatre.
It’s amazing to think that the Roman amphitheatre in London was discovered only as recently as 1988, during an archaeological excavation in preparation for the construction project of the new art gallery.
The history of the amphitheatre is quite tumultuous. Built in 70 AD. as a simple wooden structure, the amphitheatre underwent a more substantial makeover in the early 2nd century bringing its capacity up to 6,000.
The remains of the amphitheatre lie about eight metres below ground and are free to visit by passing through the Guildhall Art Gallery.
Once inside you will see the remains of the original walls, the drainage system and even the sand which was once used to absorb the blood of wounded gladiators!
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