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The Colosseum

The Colosseum hold as much as 80,000 people, has seen featured in many Hollywood films, and is a top choice for tourists in Rome. [Photo: The Colosseum, by AJ Paris].

The Colosseum is an iconic feature of Rome.

“You have to see it to believe it,” said Rodrigo, who came all the way from Brazil to see it in person.

“You dream about it and then you see it,” says Rodrigo, smiling.

He then continues, “and the reality beats anything else,” as he looked up at the largest amphitheater ever built.

History of The Colosseum

Vespasian, the emporer who reigned from 69 to 79 AD, envisioned the Colosseum.

Later, Titus completed it. Titus, who was the son of Vespasian, held the highest position from his father’s death to 81 AD.

Finally, it was Domitian who perfected it. Domitian, the younger brother of Titus, held the position until 96 AD.

They were all part of the Flavian dynasty.

The association with these emperors is what gives the place its official name; ‘Anfiteatro Flavio’ in Italian.

Located just east of the Roman Forum, the theater has a dark history.

The conquest of Jerusalem of AD 70 left huge spoils with the Romans.

It was through that they financed it.

Although it has a dark history, this theater is definitely awe-inspiring.

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, and has been a tourist place since what seems like forever.

Hollywood films like Roman Holiday and The Jumper featured scenes in it, with popular tourist guidebooks making it a must see location.

Today, the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome manages it.

Called Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’Area Archeologica di Roma in Italian, they are a powerful group.

It’s open daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and costs €12.

AJ Paris is a photographer and travels all over the world. His photo books include Men Around the World, Rio, and Banaras. Shop by visiting ajparisphotos.com/shop

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