No trip to Rome is complete without marvelling at the Colosseum.
The Colosseum is an amphitheatre in the centre of the city Rome, in Italy. Earthquakes and stone robbers left it in ruins, but part of it still stands today. Here are its stories and secrets.
- It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
- It is the largest amphitheatre in the world and considered to be one of the greatest Roman architecture and engineering works.
- its foundations were laid way back in 72 AD, and the construction was completed in just eight years under the watchful gaze of emperors Vespasian and Titus
- It got the name Colosseum because of a statue that was located alongside the amphitheatre called ‘the colossus of Nero’.
- It was built on a former lake and is elliptical in shape
- It was used for a variety of events and could hold 50,000 people.
- The Colosseum has over 80 entrances arches.
- There were 36 trap doors in Arena allowing for elaborate special effects
- The Colosseum’s wall height is 157 feet and the perimeter is 1788 feet.
- The great amphitheatre covers an area of 6 acres.
- The Colosseum only hosted gladiator duels to entertaining audiences in the Roman Republic.
- Millions of lives of people and animals have been lost at the Colosseum.
- The Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment
- The last recorded games were held in it in the 6th century.
- It is one of the New Wonders of the World
- Approximately 4.2 million tourists visit the Colosseum per year.
- The Pope leads a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession to the amphitheatre on every Friday.