Interesting facts about the Colosseum's history

Interesting facts about the Colosseum's history

Interesting facts about the Colosseum's history

Published : 10/24/2017 09:53:55
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The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre built in the centre of the city of Rome. It is made of concrete and sand, and is the largest amphitheatre ever built.

It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions. Thousands of tourists each year pay to view the interior arena. The Colosseum is also the site of Roman Catholic ceremonies in the 20th and 21th centuries.

Where is the Colosseum?

The Colosseum lies east of the famous Roman Forum.

When was the Colosseum built?

The construction of the Colosseum began in AD 72, under the emperor Vespasian, and was completed in AD 80 under his heir Titus. There were further improvements and modifications during the reign of Domitian, the last one of a dynasty known as the Flavian dynasty.

Roman Colosseum facts

Did you know that the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre ever built? It took ten years to construct it. At its peak, it could hold 50000 spectators. 
The seating reflected the hierarchy of Roman society. The lower a person's social condition, the higher his position.

Why was the Colosseum built?

The main purpose of the Colosseum was to entertain the Roman citizens, but first and foremost the amphitheatre was built to symbolize the power of Rome and its emperors.

Who built the Colosseum?

It was first commissioned by Emperor Vespasian. The construction took three emperors to be completed. That's why it's not considered a mistake if we say that the Flavian dynasty constructed it, besides the slaves.

What was the Colosseum used for?

It was used mainly for entertainment. Being a great arena, several popular events occurred throughout the year. They included gladiatorial battles and fights with ferocious animals. As time passed by, the Colosseum became largely neglected and forgotten. In the medieval era it became the headquarters of workshops, as well as a fortress and a Christian shrine.

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