Roman Colosseum
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
N 41° 53.408 E 012° 29.606
33T E 292048 N 4640616
Quick Description: The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome.
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 3/2/2007 9:34:44 AM
Waymark Code: WM196D
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 372

Long Description:
The Colosseum can be admired from the street for no charge. You will pay admission to enter it.

Originally capable of seating 45,000-50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign.

The Colosseum remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century — well after the traditional date of the fall of Rome in 476. As well as the traditional gladiatorial games, many other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, reenactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building eventually ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such varied purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.

Although it is now in a severely ruined condition due to damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture. It is one of modern Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, whose Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre each Good Friday.

Most Relevant Historical Period: Roman Empire > 27 B.C.

Admission Fee: €9.00

Opening days/times:
9 - 1h before sunset.

Condition: Partly intact or reconstructed

Web Site: Not listed

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