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By Philip_H
A glimpsed view of the inside of the Colosseum, Rome.

The Colosseum (originally the Flavian Amphitheatre) is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started in 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96). The name 'Flavian Amphitheatre' derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

Capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

Although in the 21st century it stays partially ruined because of damage caused by devastating earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.

Thanks for all the C&Cs on my last upload and to Darryl (carper123) for his much appreciated UA.

Best wishes,

Tags: Rome Architecture Italy Colosseum Tourists Colosseo Flavian amphitheatre Ancient rome Eternal city

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:08PM
Excellent! The figures add so much - scale and life.

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jdinne 15 16 England
8 Aug 2012 8:13PM
Superb Philip. Interesting narrative also.

JuBarney 6 26 3 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 8:28PM
A lovely interesting image
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Aug 2012 8:45PM
Arches within arches and human scale, well worked image, Philip, another one that brings back memories.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
8 Aug 2012 9:17PM
Impressive composition and I enjoyed the info you supplied too.

paskinmj 9 11 1 United Kingdom
8 Aug 2012 9:55PM
Great spot.
8 Aug 2012 10:50PM
A great shot and great info Philip,well done..Lin
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2012 8:31AM
great image
its aged since I was there in the 70's ...Wink

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