L’ amphithéâtre de Martigny,. Photo: TES.

The Martigny amphitheatre

The amphitheatre in Martigny, one of the six Roman amphitheatres discovered on Swiss soil, belongs to the category of small buildings of spectacle. Archaeological excavations have been carried out without interruption since 1978.

The amphitheatre was built at the beginning of the 2nd century AD,  the period of the rise of amphitheatres in the Roman Empire.

The amphitheatre has about 5 000 seats. The outer wall measured 74 metres. Sixteen fragments of an inscription have been discovered at the foot of the stage wall. (Source: F. Wiblé, L’amphithéâtre romain de Martigny, Martigny, 1991).