No visit to Rome is complete without seeing its magnificent Colosseum (Colosseo), a vast amphitheater with seating for 55,000 ... More
No visit to Rome is complete without seeing its magnificent Colosseum (Colosseo), a vast amphitheater with seating for 55,000 that was designed as a horse racing circuit and arena for animal fighting and gladiatorial battles. After its completion, spectacular 100-day celebrations were organized as part of the opening ceremony in 72 BCE. Its name is believed to come from Nero's enormous statue of Colossus that stood close by.
This is certainly a destination site on your trip not just to Italy, but to Europe. It's hard to imagine so much of this incredible building is still intact nearly 2,000 years later. Inside, you have very good access to both the upper level and then down low, nearly to what would have been 'field level'; each gives you a very different perspective. You have a great view of the structures underbeath the floor also, where gladiators and wild animals were kept prior to their 'performances'.
You really need to be able to reflect back and comprehend what actually went on inside here, how barbaric it was, and that it was done for entertainment purposes. Over 5,000 animals were killed inside here at the opening event; thousands of humans perished inside here.
I see Colosseum and its one of my fav things in Rome!Its soo big and old!And its just amazing.Unfortinetty we waren˙able to get inside but just the vision from outside said it all!!!
In pictures it doesnt seem that special but when you see it live...
Again,I was SPEACHLeS!!!
Simply amazing to see. The inside is beautiful and the views from the top level are the best I have ever seen. It was walking through this beautiful and historical structure that made me realize that we are probably using the wrong tactics to teach children about history. I was a good student in school and took all of the basic history classes, did well, but I did not enjoy them. The tour guides shared so much information that I actually felt underinformed! So, I returned to the states and bought a ton of books on Rome. Have not stoppped reading them yet! I think that my entire outlook on learning world history would have been so different as a kid with hands on learning like this.
The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian. The amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reigno.
The Colosseum remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century � well after the traditional date of the fall of Rome in 476. As well as the traditional gladiatorial games, many 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 eventually ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such varied purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.
Although it is now in a severely ruined condition due to damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture. It is one of modern Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre each Good Friday.
The Colosseum's name has long been believed to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero nearby. This statue was later remodeled by Nero's successors into the likeness of Helios (Sol) or Apollo, the sun god, by adding the appropriate solar crown. Nero's head was also replaced several times and substituted with the heads of succeeding emperors. Despite its pagan links, the statue remained standing well into the medieval era and was credited with magical powers. It came to be seen as an iconic symbol of the permanence of Rome.
In the 8th century, the Venerable Bede (c. 672�735) wrote a famous epigram celebrating the symbolic significance of the statue: Quandiu stabit coliseus, stabit et Roma; quando cadit coliseus, cadet et Roma; quando cadet Roma, cadet et mundus ("as long as the Colossus stands, so shall Rome; when the Colossus falls, Rome shall fall; when Rome falls, so falls the world"). This is often mistranslated to refer to the Colosseum rather than the Colossus (as in, for instance, Byron's poem Childe Harold's Pilgrimage). However, at the time that Bede wrote, the masculine noun coliseus was applied to the statue rather than to what was still known as the Flavian amphitheatre.
The Colossus did eventually fall, having probably been pulled down to reuse its bronze. By the year 1000 the name "Colosseum" (a neuter noun) had been coined to refer to the amphitheatre. The statue itself was largely forgotten and only its base survives, situated between the Colosseum and the nearby Temple of Roma and Venus.
The name was further corrupted to Coliseum during the Middle Ages. Both names are frequently used in modern English, but Flavian Amphitheatre is generally unknown. In Italy, the amphitheatre is still known as il colosseo, and other Romance languages have come to use similar forms such as le colis�e (French), el coliseo (Spanish) and o coliseu (Portuguese).
Buy the Roma Pass and you can skip the line. Buy the hand held self directional tour guide for an auditory explaination of what you are seeing. Spend plenty of time and cross the road and visit all the ruins (Forum, Pantheon) If it is July or August, expect it to be hot and humid.
thi sis an amazing place there wuz fights in the arina and i ebnjoy thinkin g bak and picturing in my mind that i am in a pretty famous place and city i know i may be a little young but i reely like it
It was 22 Euro for my wife and I to get in and it was worth the price. We got some great pictures. A lot of construction was going on so some of the historic atmosphere was tainted but it was still fun to be in such a historic site.
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