Colosseum of Rome

Colosseum of RomeThe Colosseum of Rome is an elliptical amphitheatre built in the times of the Roman Empire. Despite its astonishing old age, it still stands today and though parts of it are missing, it is largely intact and one can distinguish its different parts and areas when visiting. The building has partly been restructured and some touches have been added, but during a visit, one can still gain a very good understanding of how it was used in ancient times. It is called 'Amphitheatrum Flavium' in Latin, in reference to the last name of the emperors of the Flavian dynasty, and it is the largest amphitheatre ever built during the times of the Roman Empire.

It is estimated that the monument could accomodate 50.000 people when it was in use. The Colosseum is a symbol of Imperial Rome and also shows the vast architectural skills that the ancient Roman civilization posessed, even over 2 millenia ago. The construction of the monument was ordered by Emperor Vespasian, somewhere aronud 70 AD, to celebrate a military victory, as was customary in Ancient Rome. He decided to have it built right in the city centre of Rome, where it still stands today, and, once the construction had been completed, over 9000 animals were killed during the games held for the inauguration of the building.

Despite its usage for this gruesome tradition of Ancient Rome, the Colosseum nowadays does not in any way seem gruelling or gory. You might get a few shivers along your back if you think about how much blood must have been shed on the ground you are standing on when you visit it, but you will nevertheless be awestruck when faced with a monument of such grandeur and architectural complexity. It also adds an interesting touch to the skyline and the landscape of modern day Rome and reminds locals and visitors of the city's history.

Since it is right in the centre of Rome, it is not very far from the Trevi Fountain, as well as Vatican City with St Peter's Cathedral. These sights can easily be covered in a day or two if you really want to take your time. Look out for flight sales, especially those held by cheap airlines, in which you can often find very cheap flights to various European destinations. Even a weekend gives you enough time to discover Rome and its sights. Tours of the Colosseum are offered regularly and explanations are given in various languages. These are very useful if you wish to understand how exactly the Colosseum was used, what kinds of events were hosted or where different stages of the gladitorial games took place.