The Amphitheaters of Carnuntum
Amphitheatre in the Military City
The amphitheater was built of stone in the 2nd century AD, complete with tiered seating that accommodated crowds of up to 8,000 people. Given its location right by the legionary fortress, it was certainly also used for drills and riding exercises.
Amphitheatre in the Civilian City
The amphitheater in the civilian city was situated outside the ancient city walls and was built at the end of the 2nd century AD. On either side of the gates, the arena was surrounded by tiered seating that accommodated about 13,000 spectators. The amphitheater in the civilian city is about a ten-minute walk from the Roman city quarter.
Training Arena for the Gladiators
Right next to the amphitheater in the civilian city was the gladiator school of Carnuntum, first discovered in 2011. The premises also had a training hall, their own baths and a large assembly space. The inner courtyard featured a wooden practice arena 19 meters in diameter, which has been reconstructed at its original site next to the amphitheater.