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The Colosseum - An architectural landmark of imperial Rome

The Colosseum is a Flavian Amphitheatre completed 80 AD. It is the largest amphitheater ever built. Some 50.000 to 80.000 spectators were able to watch gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions and dramas based on classical mythology. Today the Colosseum is partially ruined due to earthquakes and stone-robbers, but still an iconic architectural landmark of Imperial Rome.

The amphitheatre at night

I love to play with light streaks especially when the background is that promising.
I love to play with light streaks especially when the background is that promising.

Before seeing the Colosseum from the inside I went down there by metro to shoot it from the outside during night time. It is surrounded by streets and in the middle of a bustling district. But these days it is also heavily guarded by police and military. I like this image a lot because of the light-streaks given a sense of motion and a third dimension to it and the Colosseum "just" posing as a nice background.

 


The Colosseum as seen from the Arch of Constantine
The Colosseum as seen from the Arch of Constantine
This light streak is from a police car patrolling the amphitheatre.
This light streak is from a police car patrolling the amphitheatre.
After I finished my night shoot this was the last scene of the day: a street artist painting the Colosseum at the Colosseum
After I finished my night shoot this was the last scene of the day: a street artist painting the Colosseum at the Colosseum
Nothing special but I like the leading lines of the metro station "Colosseo"
Nothing special but I like the leading lines of the metro station "Colosseo"

From the inside

Impressive also from the inside - the amphitheatre from 80 AD.
Impressive also from the inside - the amphitheatre from 80 AD.

I came back with my family the other to day see the Colosseum from the inside. We booked an online ticket and skipped the one hour line. You still face an airport-like security check before entering the amphitheatre.


I like this detail shot of the amphitheatre from the outside - quite dramatic in black and white.
I like this detail shot of the amphitheatre from the outside - quite dramatic in black and white.
These models indicate the form and size of the Colosseum after opening.
These models indicate the form and size of the Colosseum after opening.

After finishing the Colosseum we went to Forum Romanum and had a very nice last view of this stunning masterpiece of imperial Rome.
After finishing the Colosseum we went to Forum Romanum and had a very nice last view of this stunning masterpiece of imperial Rome.

Check for my New7Wonders blogpost - the colosseum is part of it. If you are interested my other articles on Rome check here for St. Peter's BasilicaCastel Sant'Angelo, My Top Ten Rome pictures and my Rome gallery

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