May 15, 2008

The Colosseum of Rome

Take a look at the photograph. This is Colosseum or Coliseum, is an elliptical amphitheatre situated in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rome. The Colosseum was originally named as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo). It's construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96 AD).

The Colosseum is regarded as one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century. Now, it is in ruined condition due to the damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers. Take a look at the aerial view of the Colosseum.


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