Sunday, January 24, 2010

Travel to Rome: (Colosseo) Colosseum

On Christmas day we rode the hop on-hop off bus. We got off at a random stop to find something to eat, got back on and later got off again to get coffee and gelato. In between eating and drinking we went to the Colosseum.

It is a beautiful amphitheater. It is hard to believe that is almost 2,000 years old. In its prime it could hold over 50,000 people. It was used for chariot races, animal hunts, gladiator fights, and even flooded a few times to have sea battles reenactments!

We didn't pay to go in, but I was able to get a picture of the inside.

Coliseum inside

Before I post the pictures of the Colosseum I want to show you the Arch of Constantine which is beside the Colosseum. According to scared-destination.com:

"The Arch of Constantine was erected to commemorate Constantine's victory over Maxentius at the Battle of Milvian Bridge in 312 AD. This event is a highly important one for Christian history.

According to contemporary historians, the night before the battle Constantine had a vision. He saw the symbol of chi-rho (the first letters of "Christ" in Greek) - or the cross in some accounts - in the sky with the words, "By this sign, conquer."

Facing an army larger than his own, Constantine was happy to try anything. He had his soldiers carry the Christian symbol into battle, and he was victorious. So Constantine adopted Christianity for himself and declared the religion officially tolerated throughout the Roman Empire.

With Constantine's conversion, Christian persecution ended and the development of Christendom began. Thus, the event celebrated by the Arch of Constantine was a major turning point in the history of the western world."

Arch of Constatine

Then we have the "protectors" of the Colosseum. They protect it by getting you to take picture with them for money.

Gladiator at Coliseum

I now leave you with pictures of the Colosseum during the day and at night. Enjoy!


Coliseum

Coliseum (2)

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coliseum at night2

Coliseum at night (2)

The last on is my favorite!

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