Monday, September 8, 2008

Colosseo

This is one of the beautiful sceneries in Rome.

The Colosseum or Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium, Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome,Italy the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasianand was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian's reign (81–96).The name "Amphitheatrum Flavium" derives from both Vespasian's and Titus's family name (Flavius, from the gens Flavia).

Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the 6th century. As well as the traditional gladiatorial games, many other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building eventually ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such varied purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry and a Christian shrine.

Although in the 21st century it is in a ruined condition due to damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome. It is one of modern Rome's most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession to the amphitheatre.

Here are some of the pictures that I took during my trip there.











14 comments:

Ailecgee September 8, 2008 at 6:02 PM  

I think this "Colosseo" is already very familiar to me. 1st because I have paid blogged it, 2nd because my nephew showed me a video of the vicinity with him around and third because I was there. ..in my dreams! he he. Nice place and photos. Enviable!

ckulit September 8, 2008 at 11:01 PM  

wow, gorgeous.. would love to see those places...even in dreams hehehe..

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anneberly September 9, 2008 at 6:57 AM  

another captivating view on Italy. Sure richele be voting for you
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RONeiluke, RN September 9, 2008 at 7:39 AM  

hays...

italy is not italy without the enigmatic grandeur of the colisseum...

hays...

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donya michy September 9, 2008 at 2:08 PM  

are people allowed to go inside the colosseo? if so are you allowed to take pictures inside it?

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Lalaine September 9, 2008 at 3:18 PM  

wow! beautiful building.. Hope to see that for real in my very own eyes.. hehehe!

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Lalaine September 9, 2008 at 3:22 PM  

I just voted for you pala! Hope you;ll win! God bless!

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nahj12 September 9, 2008 at 7:49 PM  

thanks for bring me there.. hehe :)

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Tey September 10, 2008 at 8:24 AM  

sure Richele , be voting for you
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Weng Forsgren September 11, 2008 at 5:54 AM  

Nice pictures, I wish to visit your country someday pagmay pamasahe of course hehe.

anneberly September 11, 2008 at 6:44 AM  

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Vanessa September 11, 2008 at 12:00 PM  

wow that looks so gorgeous!

D' Tricky Trix September 15, 2008 at 2:45 AM  

wow, that is beautiful. i wish i could go there. That is very cool, but have beautiful place here in Visayas too. Visit the captivating capiz.
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D' Tricky Trix September 15, 2008 at 3:18 AM  

wow, that is beautiful. i wish i could go there. That is very cool, but have beautiful place here in Visayas too. Visit the captivating capiz.

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