The Roman Circus
It is 1312 feet long and 328 feet wide being the biggest building destined to spectacles and, together with the amphitheatre, it was the preferred one by the spectators due to the thrilling feelings. Due to its great dimension, it was erected beyond the city walls, close to the road that linked Emerita (Mérida) with Corduba (Cordoba) and Tolletum (Toledo).
There is currently a visitor’s centre beside the monument. It had place for some 30,000 spectators who seated in different sections depending on their social status. Its constructions dates back to the early 1st century BC, possibly during Emperor Tiberius times.
It has a central arena where the competitions used to take place. In the middle there is a central fence called spina which has a length of 732 feet and 28 feet wide decorated with monoliths and other motifs.
One of the favourite spectacles was the chariot races (two horses) and quadrigas (four horses). The charioteers, also called aurigas, were very popular and many of them were inmortalised in paintings and mosaics.