Colosseum | Rome, Italy

The hallmark of Rome, Amphitheatrum Flavium, the famous Colosseum, is centrally located in the city’s south eastern side of the Roman Agora and was the amphitheater of Rome. Its construction began in the time of Vespasian, 72 AD and continued the reign of Titus. The impressive building was completed during the reign of emperor Domitian in 80 AD. Thousands of Jewish prisoners who were arrested by Titus after the destruction of Jerusalem, were mobilized to create. The name comes from the colossal statue of Nero that was located where it was built.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum had a capacity of 45,000 potential viewers. The size was enormous, 156 for 188 meters and the height reached 48 meters. Of the four floors of the three arches were first and the last 40 windows. Upstairs sat the prominent citizens, while the latter was reserved for women and the lower social classes. The interior was divided into tiers, while the playing field, separated from the stands with a tall pedestal.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

In the basement were kept in cages the animals used in the games, while over the league placed a large tent, which protected the spectators from the sun. Viewers entered the building through 80 inputs, 4 of which are used exclusively by Roman senators and lords. The Many portals give the Coliseum can be filled in 15 minutes and emptied in just 5.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

The Colosseum housed games with free entry, organized by the emperors to increase their popularity. The games lasted for one day or more. They started with comical acts and exotic animals, and concludes with the duels between animals and gladiators or between gladiators only. The gladiators were prisoners of war or slaves.

Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

In 80 AD inaugurated, with the struggles that lasted a total of 100 days. The Colosseum was for about 400 years, with a break between the years 217-238 AD, due to a lightning strike that destroyed a large part of it. Today is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Rome, attracting every year hundreds of thousands of visitors.

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By Nicole P.

Colosseum photos: Melissa Becker, Bencito the Traveller, Emre A. Yavuz, Jeroen van Vliet.

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