The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum is the largest ever built amphitheatre 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 (81–96).

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.

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  • Kathleen Struckle
    Kathleen Struckleover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous image. Love the deep blue sky.

  • Fred Mitchell
    Fred Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Spectacular, but colour is over the top, which will probably make it popular.

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 5 years ago

    Very very nice!

  • RanyLutz
    RanyLutzover 5 years ago

    Instant fave! Like a movie set!

  • skywatcher
    skywatcherover 5 years ago

    Congratulations on being Featured in I love Italy. A truly wonderful shot of the Coliseum

  • Linda Sannuti
    Linda Sannutiover 5 years ago

    nice shot!

  • elisab
    elisabover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image of the Coloseum. Great colors.

  • Indrani Ghose
    Indrani Ghoseover 5 years ago

    Whoa! Mesmerizing shot!
    I dream to see this in real some day.

  • sharon wingard
    sharon wingardover 5 years ago

    great shot I was there in 2006 love it but not having my purse pinched while onthe train they are very good at it be careful

  • titus
    titusover 5 years ago

    real wow factor in this one. Great.

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