Ancient Ruins II


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The absolute largest ancient amphitheater in the world, this is the icon of Rome not to be missed.

Built by the three successive emperors of the Flavius dynasty from 72-80 AD, it has been used for gladiatorial competitions, remakes of famous battles, executions and animal hunts – all the blood-thirsty stuff that gave pleasure to the people of the Eternal City.

It was named the Flavian Amphiteather after the dynasty, but over the centuries it has become known as the Colosseum.

It could house an estimated crowd of 55,000-80,000 spectators who would enter through 80 entrances – the true feat of logistics and engineering at the time.

It has survived to the modern day despite earthquakes, raids and robberies, and from medieval times it has had many different uses, including being used as a quarry, of all things.

Its name is believed to derive from the colossal statue of Nero just in front of it, which itself was named after the Colossus of Rhodes.

It draws huge numbers of visitors each year and is proudly displayed on the Italian 5-cent Euro coin.

For more info on tickets and opening hours visit:

Address: Piazza del Colosseo, Rome

For tickets and opening hours visit: CoopCulture

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Colosseum or Coliseum (/kɒləˈsiːəm/ kol-ə-see-əm), also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio [amfiteˈaːtro ˈflaːvjo] or Colosseo [kolosˈsɛːo]), is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city ofRomeItaly. Built of concrete and sand,[1] it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72,[2] and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heirTitus.[3] Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96).[4] These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).

The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators,[



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