The first thing that comes in mind when we think about the Roman Empire is the giant structure of Colosseum in Rome. It is the standing icon of the opulence of Roman era. Its construction was started in 72AD and it took eight years to complete. This stadium can seat around 50,000 people. It was not only built as a stadium, where games and other event could be held but it was also built to inspire awe of the Roman Empire in all those who travelled to Rome. The Colosseum served as a symbol of the power and strength that the Romans had in their time. 2000 years later the Colosseum still stands to remind us of the time gone by.
When it was constructed the amphitheatre was not considered a religious place at all; rather it was where animal hunts, executions, Gladiatorial contests and other performances were held. The amphitheatre was divided into tiers, where the best seats went to the elite class of the society. There was a separate box for the Emperor while the senators, nobles, plebeians and poor had their own sections. Colosseum has seen many mortal combats and a lot of bloodshed in its history.
When the time of the Catholic Church came, It was turned into a place of worship by the Christians. During the 16th and 17th century the site was declared as a Holy place to honour all those who had been martyred there. Even today the procession of Good Friday starts from the Colosseum.
Colosseum image via travelercorner
The Colosseum covered an impressive area of 6 acres when it was constructed. With the passage of time and due to being destroyed by earthquakes, fires and theft now only the one third part of the Colosseum remains standing which is a sad remnant of its former glory. If you ever go to Italy then your trip would be incomplete without paying a visit to this giant structure. There are tour guides who can explain to you the history behind this place and the image of Colosseum lit up at night is an unforgettable site.