20 Cool Facts About The Roman Colosseum

The first time I walked around a corner and saw the Roman Colosseum, it was like seeing something out of a dream.  I had seen it thousands of times in photographs, on television and in videos, but seeing it for the first time in real-life is something to cherish.  When you take a tour of the Colloseum and begin to learn all about its history and purpose, you begin to get a real idea not only of what the Colloseum stood for, but also for the Roman Empire’s power and determination as well.

This video shows you both the exterior and interior of the Colosseum.

Inside the Colosseum

The bare face of the Colosseum once covered with ornate marble and fixtures has been stripped of its beautiful facade over the years

Here are some really cool facts that will help anyone interested in the Roman Colosseum understand it better.

The Colosseum at night

Inside the Colosseum

Outside the Colosseum

6)  The Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment.

7) The Colosseum in Italy only took 9 years to build using over 60,000 Jewish slaves.

8)  Many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today.

– See more at: https://www.localnomad.com/en/blog/2013/10/01/10-interesting-facts-about-the-colosseum-in-rome/#sthash.Z0nmJVH1.dpuf

4) All Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and was also fed throughout the show. – See more at: https://www.localnomad.com/en/blog/2013/10/01/10-interesting-facts-about-the-colosseum-in-rome/#sthash.Z0nmJVH1.dpuf
It is thought that over 500,000 people lost their lives and over a million wild animals were killed throughout the duration of the Colosseum hosted people vs. beast games. – See more at: https://www.localnomad.com/en/blog/2013/10/01/10-interesting-facts-about-the-colosseum-in-rome/#sthash.Z0nmJVH1.dpuf
  • The Colosseum was designed as a gift to the people of Rome to allow them free access to amazing events unlike anything else in the world
  • Construction of the Colosseum was begun by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty, in 72AD
  • 20,000 Jewish slaves built the Colosseum after Titus conquered Jerusalem, destroyed the temple and took its riches
  • The Colosseum was completed in 80AD, one year after Vespasian died and Titus became the Roman Emporer
  • In 80AD Titus held 100 day games to celebrate the Colosseum opening
  • The Colosseum has about 80 entrances and can accommodate up to 55,000 spectators
  • The southern side of the Colosseum was damaged by an earthquake in 847
  • The entire facade of the Colosseum was covered in beautiful marble, ornate frescoes and mosaics
  • The Colosseum was the most amazing building on the face of the earth at its opening
  • Comedies, tragedies, wars and public executions were common in the Colosseum.  Christians were often executed here.  Emperors attempted to create scenes that were seen as miracles to distract Roman citizens from hardships
  • The Colosseum was designed to withstand earthquakes.  Iron bars were used to hold the large stones together.  These were loosely fitted so that hot lead could be poured into the spaces between the iron and the stone allowing some “give” in case movement occurred
  • Ironically, the beautiful marble and fine ornaments were removed from the Colosseum and were used to construct St. Peter’s Basilica and other monuments
  • Water could be diverted into the Colosseum to provide viewers mock sea battles complete with replica boats and weaponry
  • Experts say Colosseum events took the lives of over 500,000 people and well over 1,000,000 animals
  • The last gladiator fight in the Colosseum is recorded to have taken place in 404AD
  • Today the Colosseum is under constant renovation and repairs are ongoing
  • The Rome Pass allows you access to the Colosseum and a tour without additional costs
  • Taking a tour in the morning when the Colosseum opens will ensure the quickest access
  • During Medieval times, it was used as a fortress and areas were rented as apartments and workshops
  • Taking a tour in your language is easy and will give context to your visit to Rome as a whole


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