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
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.
From the inside
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.
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 Basilica, Castel Sant'Angelo, My Top Ten Rome pictures and my Rome gallery.
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