Colosseum means “gigantic” or “colossal,” a name reflective of the grandeur this place held and still does.
The Colosseum is the iconic symbol of Roman Imperialism and is listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. It is over 1900 years old and is considered the world’s biggest amphitheater.
Although clearly displaying the ravages of time, this monument still attracts millions of tourists across the world every year.
It has the capacity to hold an estimated 65,000 audience, who would have, in ancient times, be present as spectators to the gladiator battles.
Today only 3000 tourists can be inside the attraction at a time, and they all need to have the Colosseum entry tickets.
The monument was used for public spectacles, from animal battles, execution of doomed prisoners, and plays – anything that would please the emperors and elites and distract the commoners.
The Arena, wooden floor covered with sand, was earlier 83 meters by 48 meters, most of which is destroyed now.
The remains of the arena floor now offer a clear view into the Hypogeum, an elaborate underground structure.
The Colosseum Arena had 36 trap doors to help in dramatic entries and exits of the participating gladiators and animals.
Hypogeum or Colosseum Underground was not part of the original construction plan and was later added on the orders of Emperor Domitian.
What was used for gladiator battles in ancient times is now a tourist attraction and has a museum dedicated to Eros on the upper floor of the outer wall.
It also serves as a site for Roman Catholic festivities due to its significance in Christianity.
The cost of the events hosted at the Colosseum was borne by the emperors and spectators used to get free food – the only silver lining among all the gruesome events that took place there.
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