The first image that comes to mind when you talk about Rome is probably the Colosseum.
The Colosseum in Rome is a spectacular construction that is almost 2000 years old and was also the symbol of the power of the ancient Roman Empire.
It is also known as the Flavian Amphitheater and has managed to survive earthquakes, looting, fires and wars throughout its history.
The History of the Colosseum in Rome
The Colosseum in Rome was built, although it underwent later extensions, between the years 70 and 72.
It was just after the fire of Rome under the command of Nero in the year 64 destroyed the previous one that was in the city.
In addition to this colossal building that could hold up to 50,000 spectators, other related buildings were built in the surrounding area, as well as gladiatorial schools.
For many years, shows such as gladiator fights, public executions, animal fights and even naval battles were held in the Colosseum for which the lower level was filled with water thanks to a fairly advanced canalization system. The last gladiatorial fight was held in the year 435, although they continued to be held between animals until the year 523.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, the Colosseum had other different uses in later centuries, such as a cemetery and even a church, until little by little it fell into disrepair and suffered damage aggravated by several earthquakes.
In 1980 it was declared a World Heritage Site and in 2007 it was named one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World.
The visit to the Colosseum in Rome. what to see
The Colosseum in Rome is simply spectacular both inside and out.
That is why it receives more than 6 million visitors a year and is an essential visit in Rome.
From the facade we can highlight that it has four heights. The first three are made up of 80 arches while the upper part is a wall.
We recommend going around the building completely before entering to see it in order to observe its majesty. Outside there are also numerous people dressed as gladiators who will offer to take a photo with you in exchange for a tip.
Inside the Colosseum you can walk through the stands and admire every corner, being able to observe the area where the arena was located and the underground labyrinth that was under the wooden cover that is no longer preserved. Also from inside the Colosseum you will also have beautiful views of the outside and you can get the best of the Arch of Constantine.
The Arch of Constantine
Located next to the Colosseum and on the way to the Palatine we can see the Arch of Constantine, one of the best preserved Roman monuments.
It was built in the year 315 to commemorate the victory of Emperor Constantine I at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.
With 21 meters high and 25 wide, it is made up of 3 arches and its reliefs and inscriptions stand out.
Taking a photo next to the Arch of Constantine with the Colosseum in the background is one of the most typical things in the eternal city.
It is, without a doubt, a great complement to the Colosseum in Rome.
You can find more information on the official website of the Colosseum in Rome.