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Coliseum: photos, description (Colosseo)

Colosseum - the symbol of glory of the Eternal City exceeds that of its size ever built in Rome amphitheatres. Work on its construction began in the first years of the reign of Vespasian, and in 80, Titus gave instructions for the Grand opening of the amphitheater. Alexander Severus and Decius restored it after the fires, respectively, 217 and 250 years. The last alterations were made Teodorihom, and after the VI century, the building was forgotten. Frequent earthquakes caused irreparable destruction, and fragments of the building were used as building material for new structures.

Bread and circuses!

The distribution of seats in the stands was carried out in strict accordance with the social identity of the citizens. Accordingly, the lower the position, the higher is the place. The rows closer to the stage, intended for senators. Internal passages allow the huge crowds to move freely and to occupy the free space. Regarding the number of viewers that could accommodate the Colosseum, there is a controversial opinion, but a rough figure is 50 thousand seats.

Initially, the center of the arena was covered with boards which can be removed, if demanded by the conduct of the play. During the brutal persecution, to protect the spectators from wild animals, erected a special stage with a grate, the top of which protruded the tusks of elephants, and along the entire length of it was located rotating cylinder, so that the animals could not sink my claws into the net. In the basement of the arena, the store was located all that was necessary for the spectacles: cages with animals, the scenery, the warehouses of weapons for gladiators, machines, etc.


  • Location: Piazza del Colosseo, 1, Rome.
  • The nearest metro station is "Colosseo"
  • Official website: http://www.the-colosseum.net/
  • Opening hours: April to September - from 9.00 to 18.00, October to March - from 9.00 to 16.00. The ticket office closes one hour earlier. Holidays: 1 Jan, 25 Dec.
  • Tickets: adults - 12 euros, children under 18 years stay free of charge.