The Colosseum is one of the most famous landmarks in Rome, Italy. Emperor Vespasian commissioned it in AD 72 and his son was the one who completed it in AD 80. This impressive building is still recognizable as the majestic feature that it once was, and is located just east of the Roman Forum. The Colosseum was given the design it was mainly for practical reasons, with space for 55,000 visitors and 80 entrances with arches. This would have met the demands of the audience, as Roman gladiatorial combat was a very popular spectator sport at the time.
Nowadays, the Colosseum is a major tourist attraction. Before many people visit Italy, while they are playing Partypoker or doing the washing at home, many want to make sure that they can view this impressive landmark when they visit the city. It is really interesting to learn about and makes for great pictures. The building is elliptical and measures 188mx156m, with a height of over 48m.
During its hay day, the Colosseum was covered with a huge awning that protected the audience from the hot sun. Today this is gone and the Colosseum has acquired a whole new look that conveys a dilapidated grandeur. The building contained four storeys above ground, with various different members of society separated onto their respected level.
There were also rooms underground that housed the animals. They were contained within cages and could be hoisted by mechanical devices into the middle of the above arena. The reason that the Colosseum’s southern side has fallen down is due to a major earthquake in 847. This side of the building was destroyed with some parts, including the marble façade, being used to construct later monuments. One such monument is St Peter’s Basilica, another historic landmark.