Everyone, who’s traveling to Rome, first goes to visit Colosseum, aka Coliseum, which is one of the most famous and much visited buildings in the world. Construction of this huge building began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80 under Titus, who was Vespasian’s heir. During the reign of Domitian further modifications had been done. The amphitheater was named in Latin for its association with these 3 emperors, who were known as the Flavian dynasty.
Colosseum still keeps a lot of secrets during these centuries. Here are just 10 quick facts about Colosseum.
💠 Originally it was known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium and is the World’s largest amphitheater..
💠 The Colosseum was built in an elliptical shape.
💠 The Colosseum has over 80 entrances arches.
💠 The Colosseum is the second-most visited monument in Italy.
💠 The Colosseum was selected as one of the 7 wonders in 2007.
💠 The Roman Colosseum is located in the center of the city of Rome, Italy.
💠 The West Exit was called the Gate of Death because this was the exit that dead gladiators were carried out from.
💠 The southern side of the Colosseum collapsed in a massive earthquake in 847.
💠 Some of the Colosseum fallen pieces were used to build the St Peter’s Basilica
💠 The very first games at the Colosseum, held in 80AD by Emperor Titus, lasted for 100 days and there were over 3000 gladiator fights during them. The very last gladiatorial games were held in 435AD.
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