Roman Colosseum: Every Tourist's Top Stop

The Roman Colosseum, is a tremendous amphitheater in the shape of an ellipse, situated in the heart of Rome, Italy. It is marked as one of the most important landmark in terms of historical environment and structure.

It was once a venue of the cruelty of the Roman Empire where executions, battles, dramas and gladiator duels are being hosted there. The Colosseum is capable of holding 80,000 spectators all interested and intrigued by the events held here during the Roman Empire.

Completed in 80 AD under Titus' rule. Although it was constructed of various Rome-based materials, over the time it still suffered from the pangs of nature and people. Devastated by earthquakes that caused partial damages and by stone-robbers. By this, the original number of spectators seats have lowered to 50,000.

From once an amphitheater due to earthquakes, the Colosseum was converted into a military base later on as the world's largest rock quarry. In the 18th century, Pope Benedict XIV ended the use of the Colosseum as a quarry and renovated it into a sacred site, by consecration and installation of the Station of the Cross, declaring it sanctified by the blood of the many Christians martyred there.

Now, inside the Colosseum there is a museum dedicated to Eros, the Greek God of lust, love and intercourse, located in the upper floor of the outer wall of the building.

Its substantial history and as survivor of time's cruelty, made it a major tourist attraction.
Each year, thousands of tourists comes and pays to see the arena. Luckily for visitors under-18 and over-65, of whom their entrances are free.

The Roman Colosseum will forever remind its visitors of an inhumane past and a significant spot to be preserved in the coming years, centuries and even millennium.


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