with the numerous historically significant and architecturally amazing
structures one will find in Rome, The Colosseum, or Colosseo, if you're
Italian, is still heralded as the city's greatest architectural
legacy. This elliptical bowl, was known as the Amphitheatrum Flavium,
was built in A.D. 72, and inaugurated by Titus in A.D. 80 amidst a
bloody war between gladiators and wild beasts.
its heyday, the Colosseum could hold up to 50,000 people. Spectators
would cheer and watch as strange battles between exotic animals
and humans would take place. The Colosseum would be filled to the
rafters during mock naval battles that would eventually end in blood.
It was also believed that the Colosseum was the site of one enduring
legend: that Christians were fed to the lions. However, according
to historians this legend has no factual basis.
Many years after the sadistic battles between
beasts and humans, an earthquake struck, and the Colosseum fell.
Its ruins, which were rich marble, were used to build palaces and
churches. What remained of this massive enclave are its four tiers,
its first three levels that were created using Doric, Ionic, and
Corinthian styles. The seats can no longer be found, and the wooden
floor that used to bear witness to the bloody battles is no more.
Today, elevators have been installed so
that visitors can get to the second level without having to face
the gigantic steps that are about 10 inches high. Tourists are allowed
to explore the structure on their own, but they also have the option
to rent an audio guide for about €4.