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What you didn’t know about the Roman Colosseum

Picture by Jolove55 (Own work) [CC-BY-3.0-us], via Wikimedia Commons

The Colosseum is an ancient theater located in Rome, maybe the most known and iconic around the world. In the days of the Roman Empire, emperors held public events in it.

Located in the center of Rome, just east of the Roman Forum. Construction started 70 A.D. and took about 9 to 10 years to complete.


The Colosseum is an elliptical amphitheater which could seat up to 50,000 audience members, and had a special Emperor's Box from which the king of Rome himself could witness the shows. 

The Colosseum was used mainly for gladiator tournaments, war reenactments, sea battle plays, and public executions. It also held occasional spectacles such as mock animal hunts, and dramas.

Its height is 157 FT. and its perimeter of 1788 FT. It is the largest amphitheater ever built in Roman empire. It could easily fit a football field inside, 516 FT x 620 FT.

There  were four main floors, each with 80 arches. and it could hold about 50.000 spectators, as mentioned earlier, with seating for nobles and the common man in separated areas.

The central area was 180 FT wide by 287 FT long. It was surrounded by a 15 foot wall with seating above. Below the Colosseum were numerous rooms and tunnels, some of them, housed gladiators and wild animals. Others, contained pulleys, ramps and hand-operated elevators.

BUT, did you know that more than 500,000 people lost their lives and over a million wild animals, like rhinoceroshippopotamuseselephantsgiraffesaurochswisentsBarbary lionspanthersleopardsbearsCaspian tigerscrocodiles and ostriches  were killed through the duration of the Colosseum games: humans vs. animals?

Jean-Léon_Gérôme_-_The_Christian_Martyrs'_Last_Prayer_-_Walters_37113Jean-Léon Gérôme [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Did you know that Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris had an EPIC fight in this iconic attraction on 1972, movie called “The Way of the Dragon“?

The last recorded games were held in the 6th century.

Did you know that International artists have been performing in the Roman Colosseum, like: Elton John, Pink or Paul McCartney (from the show on the picture below)?

Rome_RedRonnie_4Original material © 1997-2014 Kovy Productions.

Or like Il Divo, from video below?

Did you know that the Roman Colosseum original name was Flavian Amphitheater, after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors?

096Picture © 2014 The University of Southern California

 Did you know that in 2000, Ridley Scott filmed Gladiator, creating the Colosseum in CGI (computer-generated imagery), getting to re-build it to the glory of its days back in the 2nd century?

Gladiator, 2000 (Battle Scene) Copyright © 2000 Universal Pictures

Did you know that the Colosseum was build using over 60,000 Jewish slaves., and it only took from 9 to 10 years to be finished?

13-IIIc© Samuel Kurinsky, all rights reserved

The Colosseum has survived several earthquakes that caused the south side to collapse as we can see it since then.

Today, the Colosseum is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, with 3.9 million visitors every year.

Did you know that at the Coliseum a reserved turnstile is available for Roma Pass holders to get direct access to the monument? Roma Pass is included in the Rome ComboPass® Free unlimited use of all the city's public transport network inside Rome + free and direct entry to the first two museums or archaeological sites visited, your choice and more.
OPENING HOURS (ticket office closes one hour before closing time):
from 8:30 am to one hour before sunset (Good Friday 8:30 am - 2 pm, June 2 1:30 pm - 7:15 pm):
8:30 am - 4:30 pm from January 2 to February 15
8:30 am - 5 pm from February 16 to March 15
8:30 am - 5:30 pm from March 16 to last Saturday of March
8:30 am - 7:15 pm from last Sunday of March to August 31
8:30 am - 7 pm from September 1 to September 30
8:30 am - 6:30 pm from October 1 to last sunday of October
8:30 am - 4:30 pm from the last sunday of October to December 31
Closed January 1, December 25

I hope these facts where informative for you, don’t forget if you need entrance tickets or tours for Rome, you can find them HERE.