The Colosseum in Rome is colossal!😎
Also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, or la Colosseou to the Italians. It’s an impressive oval shaped Roman masterpiece in the centre of the captivating city of Rome. Situated east of the Roman Forum, the Colosseum is the largest amphitheatre ever built & it was created by the man power of more than 10,000 slaves between 72 A.D. under the rule of the Emporer Vespasian. But it wasn’t until 80 A.D. when it was finally completed by Vespasian’s successor & the new heir to Rome, Emporer Titus.
The Colosseum originally had 80 entrances for more than 50,000 spectators who were baying for blood & it had 36 trap doors leading from the hypogeum for gladiators & animals to enter the arena in style. It’s thought that over 500,000 people lost their lives in the Colosseum during the time of the games, all of them executed by gladiators or eaten by animals such as lions & tigers. Carnivals & festivals were also held in and around the amphitheatre, which could last up to 100 days.
Unfortunately, many natural disasters devastated the Colosseum including several powerful earthquakes. But it still looks amazing.
I loved it!👍
It was originally built near to the giant statue of the Colossus of Nero, & that’s where the name was actually derived from. Legend has it, that if Colossus falls so will the Colosseum & then the city of Rome would come to ashes from its eventual invaders.
I had a great day at the Colosseum. There was hundreds of other people there, but sadly the queue was no good to me. Standing about like a numpty = anger & frustration, so I had to give the inside of this masterpiece a miss. Maybe next time though because I’m sure that I’ll be going back some day soon.
Italy was excellent, I really enjoyed visiting the country, and the ice cream was delicious. The food wasn’t really up to much considering I was expecting the full Italian bolognese & pizza pizzazz. But hey, the alcohol made up for that bitter dissapointment.
Another interesting fact about the Colosseum is that despite its brutal pagan origins, the Colosseum was actually a place of worship for Christians for many centuries. After the gladitorial fighting stopped a large cross was erected & worshipers from around the globe would visit to say their peace with their god. Mussolini apparantly replaced the centrepiece cross in 1926 in an effort to placate Catholics.
Well, Rome was amazing & the Colosseum was awesome! Now that I’m back, I am a bit gutted that I didn’t take the tour, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, so I’m sure that I’ll move on & get over such loss.
Until next time folks.
Take care out there.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, travellers!😜