We recently had a short city break in Rome and I couldn't resist some sunset photos of the amazing Colosseum! The history of this place is incredible and we spent several hours touring the underground tunnels where the slaves/gladiators/animals were kept to the upper levels where about 50,000 people came to watch the spectacle.
Building commenced in 72AD and was completed in 80AD using between 60,000 and 100,000 people in its construction and it is believed was last used for fights in 435AD. Over its life, around 400,000 are believed to have died as well as many animals.
The Colosseum was originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, because it was built by Emperors Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian, successors to Nero of the Flavian dynasty. The name “Colosseum” likely comes from the colossal bronze statue of Emperor Nero that used to stand next to the building. This statue was itself modelled on the Colossus of Rhodes.
If you get the chance I would highly recommend a visit (and if you'd like this on your wall, please get in touch)!