Colosseum – Did You Know?

Probably the most impressive construction left by the Roman Empire, the Colosseum is the symbol of Rome. Myths, legends and history echo through its walls but did you know that…

  • It is not round but elliptic: long 189 meters, large 156 meters and high more than 48 meters. It could accommodate around 50.000 persons and has 80 entrances.
  • Its real name is Flavian Amphitheatre because it was built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty.
  • The southern part of the Amphitheatre collapsed due to a devastating earthquake in 847 AD.
  • The very first games lasted 100 days. In 80AD Emperor Titus had over 3000 gladiators taking part in this colossal event!
  • Its flora is truly amazing! More than 337 species of plants grow spontaneously here, thanks to its fertile microclimate.
  • Parts of the marble facade and of the interior were used to build famous Roman landmarks such as Saint Peter’s Basilica and Palazzo Barberini. Apparently only one third of the original construction is left.

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