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Roman Coliseum, Rome by Elana Bailey

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The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, 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. The bright gold area is to show how splendid the Coliseum would have originally looked. This was shot on film and scanned to digital. 1760+ views. Second in the ‘When in Rome’ Group Challenge.

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). The name “Amphitheatrum Flavium” derives from both Vespasian’s and Titus’s family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

Originally capable of seating around 80,000 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 to the amphitheatre.


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Elana Bailey is a multi award winning South Australian Photographer. She has a Diploma in Commercial Photography and her passion is for travel, street, architectural, real estate, landscape, portrait and wedding photography.

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  • modularimages
    modularimagesover 5 years ago

    What amazing architecture!

  • Many thanks indeed

    – Elana Bailey

  • Many thanks for adding this one to your favs, too. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Michael Walters
    Michael Waltersover 5 years ago

    I really love old building shots, this is so wonderful, thte history is so amazing, lucky you for being there!

  • Michael, Many thanks indeed.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenover 5 years ago

    Very cool, love the way you caught the light coming through the arches. Beautiful work.

  • Many thanks indeed, Marion.

    – Elana Bailey

  • GlennAlderson
    GlennAldersonover 5 years ago

    this is a great shot , I like the sun on the arch & a great angle.

  • Many thanks indeed, Glenn.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Tony Waite-Pullan
    Tony Waite-Pullanover 5 years ago

    Fantasic work great lighting a fave:)))

  • Tony, many thanks indeed and also for adding this one to your favs. Cheers v much. Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Fremme
    Fremmeover 5 years ago

    great pov and perspective on this one, such an awesome building, cheers

  • Many thanks indeed, Seb.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Kazzoom
    Kazzoomover 5 years ago

    great capture

  • Many thanks indeed for all of your lovely comments.

    – Elana Bailey

  • John Brotheridge
    John Brotheridgeover 5 years ago

    Fab E, the text is pretty good too.

  • It is amazing what you can find on Wikipedia…lol..Many thanks indeed.

    – Elana Bailey

  • John Brotheridge
    John Brotheridgeover 5 years ago

    You cheat. mmm, thinks? Can you find someone to buy my house?

  • Not on Wikipedia, sorry…

    – Elana Bailey

  • Emjay01
    Emjay01over 5 years ago

    Nice shot Elana, simple but with an ageless beauty. The angle is good and the subject makes you think off the history no matter how much you may know about the place, good job :-)

  • Many thanks indeed for your constructive insight. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Many thanks indeed and also for adding this one to your favs. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

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