Monday, October 06, 2008

Italy 8 days 7 nights GG-ied Part 1 - Colosseum

The Colosseum - one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions that will never be missed!

The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. More...

Morning view of the Colosseum :

Evening view of the Colossuem :

Night view of the Colosseum :

The Colossuem's interior was divided into 3 parts - the Arena, Cavea and Podium.

The Arena had a wooden floor covered in sand to prevent the combatants from slipping and to soak up the blood. The Cavea was for spectator seating, where as Podium was reserved for emperors, senators and VIPs.

The Colossuem is in a ruined condition to date, which is believed that the damage was done by earthquakes and stone-robbers.

Due to the ruined state of the interior, it is impractical to use the Colosseum to host large events; only a few hundred spectators can be accommodated in temporary seating. However, much larger concerts have been held just outside, using the Colosseum as a backdrop.

And last but not least, a superb Colossuem Panorama (pic taken from wikipedia), click to enlarge.

1 comment:

huiyin said...

choose some nicer pictures of me can or not...!