Colosseum in Rome - Italy. Address and video of the Colosseum

  • A country: Italy
  • City: Rome
  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1
"The heart of Rome is not the marble of the Senate,
this is the sand of the Colosseum "

Coliseum one of the most extraordinary places in the world. It was built in the 80th year AD. and was previously called the Flavian Amphitheater (since the Flavian family built it). The name "Colosseum" has been used only since the 8th century. It arose either because of the enormous size of the Colosseum (colosseus - huge), or because of the fact that King Nero erected near the building a colossal statue in honor of himself.
The Coliseum hosted various spectacular performances, the most popular of which Gladiator fights. In the days of antiquity, people wanted only one “bread and circuses”, and they got it in the arena of the Colosseum. It is truly huge. Its length is 80 m. The Colosseum could accommodate more than 80 thousand spectators. Since there was 3 tiers, the architect of the Colosseum (whose name, unfortunately unknown) designed 36 elevatorsthat were ruled by slaves. At the entrance they sold tickets to the first tier, where all the places were numbered.
100 days the Romans celebrated the opening of the Colosseum. During this time, battles, various performances, harassment of animals and more took place in the arena. Also there were sea battles, and then the arena was completely flooded with water. Many people stayed in the Coliseum for several days, so they had to take food with them.
In 405, gladiatorial fights in the arena of the Colosseum were forbidden, since this was contrary to the spirit of Christianity. Over time, the Colosseum was used as a building material for other buildings, but still most of it survived. Benedict XIV ordered to put in the center of the arena a huge cross in memory of dead souls. The cross was subsequently removed, but the Colosseum was still guarded.
Now the Colosseum is the property of Italy. Sometimes, on schematic maps of the world, Italy is depicted as a small icon of the Colosseum.

Watch the video: Rome, Italy: The Colosseum (October 2019).