I just couldn’t make this a Wordless Wednesday because I felt like the pictures just didn’t tell the story of all the history behind The Roman Colosseum. These pictures are from the same trip my husband and I took in 2017 when we visited Italy. Yes we are living through our photos until international travel becomes a reality again. There are so many beautiful things to see in Italy I may have to do several posts to cover all of them.
Although the Colosseum was not the most beautiful place we visited it still had a strange beauty all its own. I guess knowing what went on behind those stone walls was just such a fascination to me that I couldn’t show the pictures without a little history to go along with it.
The Colosseum is huge, construction started in 72AD and was completed in 80AD. it could hold from 50,000 to 80,000 spectators at different times during its history throughout the centuries. It is an oval shaped amphitheater in the center of Rome, Italy. It is Rome’s most visited tourist attraction. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles but it was soon filled with mechanisms to support animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Roman mythology.
I guess the idea of people coming to view these things is what intrigued me most about the Colosseum. As I wandered through its many different levels I felt like I could hear gladiators screaming and animals being hunted and it was just very chilling. People would bring their entire families to these events. The more prosperous you were the better seat you would get.
As you can see from many of the pictures the Colosseum is crumbling and in a terrible state of disrepair. The Colosseum has experienced large fires at least three times throughout its history, and suffered from at least 4 earthquakes and even stone robbers. It has been repaired and rebuilt many times.
But it still remains a must see if you visit Rome. Over 4 million people a year visit the Colosseum. We were there in late October and the crowds were still going strong but our tour guide told us it was nothing like being there in July.
I hope you enjoyed the pictures and get to experience it first hand some day.
Love your day your way!!!