Last Updated on May 1, 2022 by Left Lane
The Roman Colosseum is a remarkable structure to visit in person. It’s a massive ancient amphitheater. At the time of its completion, the reigning Emperor of Rome was Titus. He was mostly known for conquering, and destroying Jerusalem. During the first Roman-Jewish war in 70 A.D.
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After his death, in reverence of his conquest of Jerusalem, the Arch of Titus was built in his honor. Which still stands on the grounds to the East of the Colosseum. The Colosseum is over 157’ feet tall, that’s the modern day equivalent of a 15 story building.
The Roman Colosseum was the largest ancient amphitheater ever built. Seating up to 80,000 spectators. It could even be flooded for re-enactments of famous Roman sea battles during theatrical performances.
This ancient structure is also one of the current New 7 Wonders of the World! Only adding to it’s reputation as one of the most famous landmarks in the world. To see a complete list of all 7 Wonders of The World: CLICK HERE.
Features of the Roman Colosseum
It’s most well known uses for the Romans were Gladiator Games, Executions, and Animal Hunts. It was covered by a Velarium sail type sun shade. Which is a type of retractable roof, or awning that was suspended using wooden masts, and rope. It encompassed the complete Oval of the Colosseum.
The Velarium was created with the sole purpose of protecting the Colosseum’s Spectators from the Suns intense rays. When Roman Events like the Gladiator contests were held there. It also acted as a ventilation system. Capable of catching wind to create a cooling breeze for spectators.
The Roman Colosseum is built of three different kinds of rock: Limestone, Volcanic Rock, and Roman Concrete Bricks. Through strategic engineering, this mix of long lasting structural materials, helped aid with it’s longevity.
The Colosseum has existed for nearly 2000 years. During that time it’s survived Stone Robbers, fires caused by lightning strikes, wars, and numerous Earthquakes.
School Of Gladiators
After parking our car on a street a few blocks from the Colosseum. We walked down a narrow one-way street. Which brought us to the ancient training School, and arena for the Gladiators. The ones who fought at the Colosseum, it’s known as the Ludus Magnus.
This Gladiatorial training arena is where, all the Gladiators from all over the Roman territories would gather. Here they would practice, eat, and sleep as they geared up for the Gladiatorial fights. Where they would often fight until the death.
When the gladiators entered the Colosseum arena to fight for the Roman spectators. They could enter using the network of underground tunnels linking the Ludus Magnus to the Colosseum. This was a preplanned benefit utilizing it’s proximity to the Grand Amphitheater.
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Here’s a few more photos taken during our visit to the Roman Colosseum. I hope you enjoy them, and as always Thanks for Reading my Blog!