The Colosseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It’s an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and remains one of Rome’s top tourist attractions. Construction began in 72AD and was completed around 80AD.
The following image comes from a 1757 engraving by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi. It shows how the Colosseum looked over 250 years ago.
Over the centuries the Colosseum has undergone plenty of damage due to earthquakes, riots and fires. This year an agreement was made with the local officials in Rome to sponsor a twenty-five million Euro restoration project. The work is expected to begin at the end of 2011 with a completion date set for the spring of 2014.
The Colosseum seats 50,000 spectators and stands at an impressive 48 meters in height, 157 feet. Originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, The Colosseum is an elliptical wonder of our world not to be missed.
Guided tours can gallop you past and around this Roman Empire, but with everything in life there comes a price. Rome is expensive, period. Don’t buy your tickets online, there are plenty of ticket vendors in and around Rome. Most hotels will offer a Tour of Rome package deal. Most tours will include Palatine Hill and some of Rome’s museum’s.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it’s possible to witness one of the most spectacular monuments man has ever created.
When in Rome my friends, visit the Colosseum.