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Also referred to as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater that was built by the Romans at around 72 AD under the command of Emperor Vespasian.

The Colosseum of Rome

Also referred to as the Flavian Amphitheater, the Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater that was built by the Romans at around 72 AD under the command of Emperor Vespasian.

The Amphitheater is built with concrete and stones and is regarded as one of the greatest engineering and archtectural masterpiece of all times. It is located in the center of the Italian capital Rome. Historians estimate that during its apogee, the amphitheater could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.

The amphitheater was used for activities such as gladiator contests, mock battles, executions, drama based on ancient mythology, and public spectacles.

During the early medieval era, it ceased being used for entertainment and became a christian shrine, a quarry and a housing unit for a religious order.Devastating earthquakes and robbers have rendered the amphitheater unusable on the 21st century. However, it remains the most revered symbol of the imperial Roman empire. It is also one of the landmarks and top attraction to travelers to Italy.

The amphitheater is also an important religious symbol seeing that on Good Fridays, the Pope leads the procession of the cross starting from the area around the Colosseum of Rome

The Colosseum is part of the UNESCO world heritage sites and as such, worth every coin you will spend exploring it.

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