Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Built in 80 CE to host gladiatorial combats and other entertainment, the Colosseum was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world. Although much damaged and plundered over the centuries, it remains an imposing presence in the heart of Rome.

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Anfiteatro Flavio
41.8901690° N, 12.4922690° E
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70 CE

Construction of the Colosseum

80 CE

Completion of the Colosseum


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Comments (1)

desiree struckman commented on September 23, 2013:

“i loved it alot i hope to go back there sometime.”