The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.
Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was
completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir, Titus.
The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000
spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000.
It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as
mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous
and dramas based on Classical mythology.
The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval
It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters
for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.
Although partially ruined because of damage caused by earthquakes and
stone-robbers, the Colosseum is still an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.
Photos from my 1985 visit ...
Photos from my 1999 visit ...