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Rome | History - Architecture
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The amphitheater was designed to house gladiator fights. It was not until the Middle Ages that the building took its current name Colosseum, because of its proximity to a colossal statue of Nero.

If theaters and Roman temples recede few of their Greek forerunners, arenas - including the Colosseum is the most abouti- example are quite innovative in the history of art.
Although very fond of this kind of show, Rome was endowed his first Hard amphitheater in 29 BC, during the reign of Augustus. This first building was burned in 64 AD, the Colosseum was designed to replace.

Its inauguration in 80 was the pretext for imposing Games, spread over hundred days, which caused the death of 5,000 wild and 2,000 gladiators.

ColiséIl could accommodate between 50,000 and 75,000 spectators. He served for almost 500 years primarily for gladiator fights, may also for other public spectacles such as mock sea battles (of naumachias), public executions, animal hunts, re-enactments of famous battles and dramas based on Classical mythology.

The building ceased to be used during the Middle Ages. It was later reused for various purposes such as houses, craft workshops, the seat of a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.

08:30 - 19:15

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Contact details

  • Name: Colosseo
  • Address: Piazza del Colosseo, 1 - 00184 - Rome - Italie
  • Phone: (39) 06 399 677 00




Exposition, Visite guidée

Getting there

  • By bus : lignes n°75, 81, 118, 673, N2, N10, 51, 85, 87, 117

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