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Colosseum (Rome)

Colosseum (Rome)

While stands the Coliseum, Rome shall stand

When falls the Coliseum, Rome shall fall,

And when Rome falls- the world.





Location: Piazza del Colosseo

Tel. 06- 3006 7700

Bus: 75, 81, 85, 87, 117, 175, 673, 810

Subway: Colosseo

Open: 9am- 1 hour before sunset

Closed: Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25




This is probably the most famous structure of Rome. A engineering marvel of the Ancient World it still inspires awe in people. No trip to Rome can be complete without visiting this ancient amphitheatre. The name comes from the statue of Nero (100 to 120 Roman feet (37m) high) that once stood near- by. Colosseum is also known as Flavian Arena after imperial family that built this magnificent structure.  Construction started in 72 AD, shortly after victory over Jewish Revolt by emperor Vespasian. Much of the loot from that war was used to build this enormous sports arena on site of Nero’s palace Domus Aurea (Golden House) that was largely demolished for this purpose. Emperor died before completing his Colosseum so it was his son Titus that inaugurated structure in 80 AD. During opening games that lasted 100 days over 5000 animals were killed on the arena.


Later emperors were willing to use Colosseum as a propaganda tool by giving away free tickets. Tickets were simply pieces of pottery with number of the entrance gate. Each gate corresponded to a particular sitting section. The best were in the front row and were made of marble. Most of it was striped in the medieval ages then this majestic structure was used as a fortress, condominium, warehouse and even a chapel in honor of those who perished here. Over the years much of metal joints, marble and stone was striped for other constructions. Earthquake almost crumbled the building, yet its stands despite all damages of time.




Fact: Rome Colosseum’s hypogeum (Latin for "underground”). A system of pulleys and elevators rotted away, but you still can see their remains. This was used to raise gladiators and animals on a arena for dramatic effect.

Fact: Rome Colosseum was digitally recreated in the movie “Gladiator”.


Colosseum (Rome)

Fact: Unlike a common myth a thumb up and into a chest meant kill by thrusting into a victims chest. And a thumb down and away from a body meant the crowd wanted the victorious gladiator to toss the sword without harming the loser.

Fact: To the east of the Rome's Colosseum there are ruins of Ludus Magnu, training school and living quarters for gladiators.


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