I had to pinch myself !!! I never thought I would ever be standing in front of this incredible ancient site .. let alone walk around inside !!
Rome’s greatest amphitheatre was commissioned by Emperor Vespasion in AD 72 and completed in AD 80 under Emperor Titus. It was built by Jewish slaves brought to Rome following the suppression of their revolt in Judaea. ‘Deadly gladiatorial combats and wild animal fights were staged by emperors and wealthy citizens, largely to gain popularity. Slaughter was on a huge scale: at inaugurals games in AD 80, over 100 days, over 9 000 wild animals were killed.’ Our local guide – with our Trafalgar Tour two days later – said that no chariot races were held here .. those were held at Circus Maximus, which is not far from the Colosseum.
The Colosseum could hold up to 60 000 people who were seated according to rank.
Doric, Ionic and Corinthian tiers inspired many Renaissance architects, who also plundered the building, using it’s travertine to build palaces and part of St Peters
All entrances around the Colosseum are numbered ..
Holes are for scaffolding poles (at the time of building) ..
Join hubby and I as we wander around .. walking on the same floor as so many millions of people have done before us … touching the ancient marble, the precisely built brickwork … marbled steps, bits of patterned brick or marble flooring, arched entrances … … ..
A gallery within the Colosseum holds replicas from ancient Rome, originals being held in various museums ..
Mithraic relief : 3rd century AD
Panel with crux gemmata in relief : 8th century AD
Artifacts from 2nd – 4th century AD
Statue of Isis Fortuna : 2nd century AD
Pillar with the tetrarchs : AD 305
Hubby and I then made our way to the Circus Maximus and the Forum … after taking a few pics from the Colosseum towards the Roman Forum and the Arch of Constantine … next post 🙂