While I’ve been to Rome many times it was my first time getting inside the Colosseum. Did you know all these things below about this place?
* This Amphitheatre is believed to be built by Jewish slaves. * It’s estimated that 500k people died on the arena and three times as many animals. It cleared off various species of animals from across the globe including making my favorite hippos disappear from the Nile 🐘
* It got the name Colosseum because of a statue that was located alongside the amphitheatre called the colossus of Nero.
* After the Colosseum was partially destroyed by the earthquake, some of the fallen pieces were used to build St Peter's Basilica in Vatican.
* The Colosseum has become a symbol against capital punishment. It changes its lights at night from white to gold when a death sentence has been commuted or when the death penalty has been abolished – from anywhere in the world. 💀
The Colosseum! One of the new 7 wonders of the world.
Rome’s most famous building once held 80,000 spectators for deadly battles between wild animals & gladiators. 🦁🐻🐊⚔️
There was a saying: “bread & circuses” keep the people happy. The games kept the Roman population distracted from reality - and political involvement. 🥖🎪
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