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The Amphitheater of Capua Vettere (page 3 of 3)

  

 

A close up of the brick work that has endured for nearly 2000 years

    Some fine examples of Roman architecture can be found at this amphitheater.  On the right you can see a close up of an arch.  Keep in mind that all of the wedges of tufa (tuft stone) were cut by hand without the benefit of modern machinery.

   Below you can see a small section of the exterior where the marble is still intact.  Most of the marble that covered the amphitheater was removed and reused in the construction of newer buildings in modern Capua. (Nucci)

Huge stones carefully cut and put together

     In the lower left corner you can see a close-up of the top of a column.  The rectangular iron pin, which was cemented in place, was used to join the column to it's capital. 

    In the photo below the complexity of the underlying brickwork is revealed.  The Roman amphitheaters are truly marvels of engineering.

 

Iron pins secured the joints where columns came together

Several different types of brick work revealed

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