In a city that’s lined with ancient buildings, the Roman Colosseum stands out as the most important and historic building in Italy’s capital.
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The history of the Roman Colosseum
The Colosseum was originally commissioned by the Roman Emperor Vespassian in 72 AD. It took just eight years to complete and by then, Rome was under the command of Emperor Titus, Vespassian’s son. And though the Roman Empire would exist for another 400 years, the Colosseum would remain its largest and most impressive architectural feat.
This enormous circular structure is 188 metres long and 156 metres wide and could accommodate 50,000 people when it was in use. In general, it was used as an amphitheatre, hosting gladiatorial contests, executions and battle re-enactments, among many other public events. Although empty now, the arches in its upper floors once contained statues. And while its exterior is slowly crumbling, enough of this magnificent structure still stands to provide visitors with an accurate impression of what the Colosseum may have looked like in its days of glory.
Visiting the Colosseum
While queues for the Colosseum are notoriously long, the impressive building and accompanying tour is well worth the wait. Visitors can take in the history of the iconic structure's marvellous interior from a viewing deck before exploring the underground champers, which have been open to visitors since 2011.
Nearby the Colosseum, other Ancient Roman attractions in the including the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill also make for an inspiring outing. Tickets for all three attractions can be bought at each venue.