In my previous post, I showed you the facade of the stunning Roman Colosseum. Now, I’ll bring you inside to see what it’s like while learning a bit of its history. This piece of architectural wonder is a must see when you’re in Rome. Don’t skip it, or else, no one would believe you’ve been in Rome or you’ve been where the gladiators used to fight.
Let me just tell you that the quality of the photos below aren’t that good enough for me. I took it with my iPhone 6s+ (sorry Apple!) after I accidentally damaged my tiny Canon camera. But, then, you know, you’ll get the whole picture of what’s inside the Colosseum.
In Ancient Rome, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial fights, wild animals huntings and other sporting events.
This may sound weird but this same colosseum also hosted naval ship battles. How? They flooded the Colosseum with water, of course!
For 390 years, it was used as an entertainment arena where most events were free for all.
It is reckoned that about 400,000 people died in here.
And if PETA existed long time ago, they won’t be happy to know that about a million animals died in the name of entertainment.
Do you what would happen to the fate of those who lost the gladiatorial battles? They could only hope to be pardoned by the emperor, or the spectators, saving their life.
Most combat participants were slaves and prisoners but it’s also open to free individuals seeking fame and fortune.
Every Good Friday, the Pope continues to hold a procession here to honour the memory of the Christian martyrs believed to have died in here. Perhaps, that explains the cross at one of the entrances at the Colosseum.
Despite numerous earthquakes and fires, the Colosseum still stood today. Though it looks battered and ruined, its majestic beauty still shines through.
Money-Saving Tip in Rome and Vatican
Rome and the Vatican are packed with places to see and history to marvel at. If you’re going to stay there for a few days only, it’s very impossible to squeeze and see everything you want to see. This Rome & Vatican Pass will let you see the places you’ve been dying to visit and known of from the pages of history books.
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