The Colosseum in Rome
To say the Colosseum is majestic is an understatement, it is such a unique piece of architecture that you just can’t stop looking at it. Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, it was built in the centre of Rome in 80 AD to hold 50,000 and 80,000 spectators where gladitorial contests and public spectacles like animal hunts would be held drawing in people from far and wide. The Colosseum is an iconic symbol of imperial Rome and still stands, withstanding earthquakes and all sorts of natural disasters over the thousands of years it has existed. Though it isn’t as complete as it once was, you can easily imagine what is must have been like in its day.
It stands tall in the centre of the city and attracts thousands of visitors each year. It is a ticketed entry but it is worth the visit. From the moment you step into the arena, it is easy to imagine how breathtaking it must have been in its time with thousands of people seated around the arena to watch the gladitorial contents. Entrance to the Colosseum also includes the Roman Forum which is a five minute walk away from the arena.
The Roman Forum is a rectangular plaza surrounded by the ruins of several important government buildings from the time of ancient Rome. It was for centuries, the centre of Roman public life; the place where important announcements were made, royal processions were held and it has been called one of the most important meeting places in the world. The Roman Kingdom’s shrines and temples are also on the site with ruins of the statues and the structures. It gives visitors the opportunity to feel like a Roman for a day and envisage what it must have been like to walk through the ancient city surrounded by these magnificent buildings.
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