This is not an abandoned site. This is the ruin of a Roman amphitheatre, of which archeologists have only half uncovered. The history of this amphitheatre can be traced back to the first century, when it was initially used as a training and drill site for soldiers. Later, it was also used for cockfighting, bull-baiting, and other combat sports, including gladiatorial combat. The building you see on the top right hand corner is the Church of St. John the Baptist.
This bloke is dressed as a Roman to instruct the little gladiators about Roman influences on Chester.
He's not staring at moi....
What energetic bunch of lil gladiators!
These two blokes really helps in showing how big this amphitheatre really is!
Wooden staircase built for tourists.
What remains of the amphitheatre.
The semi-circle covered up by my friend's arm is the half of the amphitheatre that had been uncovered by archeologist. Can you imagine how big this place had actually been? What you can see in the picture is only half of it! It wouldn't be too presumptous, then, to assume that this amphitheatre had once been an important centre providing entertainment for civilians back in the days. Although historians had long speculated an extant amphitheatre, it had only been discovered in 1929. The complicated archeological process involved financial and political issues, and because of that, the site had remained as it is now since 2000. Personally, I think it's a real pity. What do you think?