Roman Hippodrome

Local nameRoman Hippodrome
LocationBeirut, Lebanon

The hippodrome of Berytus was a circus in the Roman colony of Berytus. It is one of two hippodromes in Beirut.

Discovered in 1988 in Wadi Abu Jamil, the historic Jewish quarter of Beirut, close to the Roman port and forum, the hippodrome of Berytus was the second to be discovered in Lebanon after the Tyre Hippodrome. It was one of the largest in the Levant, occupying an area of 3500 m2, and was probably similar to the Circus Maximus in Rome. The Expositio—written in the second half of the fourth century by an unknown writer about circuses and circus games in the Roman empire—names the five best racecourses in the Levant as Berytus, Antioch, Laodicea, Caesarea and Tyrus. The hippodrome of Berytus is considered to have been the grandest of the five, containing amphitheatres that are several meters high and a 90-meter-long race track.

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Coordinates 33°53'49.939" N 35°29'59.716" E

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