Rome, Italy – The Colosseum

Rome, Italy - Colosseum

NIKON D70S, Nikon 18-200 VR

This week celebrates Places 2 Explore 6 month anniversary!  Its been a great pleasure to keep this blog going and I plan on keeping P2E running for many years to come!    This photo is the one I used for the header above (just with a little extra photoshop work)!   Rome is just a magical place to visit and it a must if you can!

Here is some info on the Colosseum from the web:  The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum  is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign.

Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine. It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the Colosseum games.

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined due to damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession around the various levels of the amphitheater.

I took a guided tour this day of the Colosseum…it was fantastic.  History does live amongst us.  I didn’t see Russell Crowe this day during my visit.  Maybe next time?  Enjoy!

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