A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy


A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
No trip to Rome is complete without visiting the Colosseum and every time I am in Rome I make time to see this magnificent structure. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
Built in less than 10 years between 70AD to 80AD it is the largest of the Roman amphitheaters. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
The structure is actually called the Flavian Amphitheater but is now referred to as the Colosseum. In ancient times a giant statue of the Emperor Nero called the Colossus stood just outside of the Colosseum and hence over time the name Colosseum was used to describe the amphitheater. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
Outside the Colosseum many tour guides approach you to take a paid narrated tour. Cost is about $25 euros and I highly recommend it. You skip the long lines and you get an insight into the rich history of the era of the Gladiators. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
Pictured here my tour guide informs our group and uses reference books to help tell the story of the Colosseum.
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
As this sign mentions, the Equestrian statue (pictured below) was discovered in 2008 near the Colosseum. These works of art are still being uncovered during excavations around Rome. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
Equestrian statue from 100AD. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy  
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
The Pope still performs mass at the Colosseum. In fact the Catholic Church still considers the Colosseum to be a church. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
In the distance, the Arch of Constantine. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy
Here you see a great example of the original Roman marble blocks along with bricks from later renovations and restorations. 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy 
A Day At The Colosseum - Rome Italy




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