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Colosseum is the most famous monument located in Rome. The monument, which is located in the heart of Rome, began to be built in the first century AD. More precisely, in the sixties by order of the emperor Vespasian and was to be a symbol of the infinite power and prestige of the Roman rulers. The original name of the Colosseum was the Flavian Amphitheater, after the name of the dynasty that had it built. For several hundred years, this amphitheater has been the scene of various games and fights. It is a place of enormous dimensions, it is almost 57 meters high and has a circumference of about 500 meters. In addition to gladiator matches and animal battles, this place witnessed numerous executions. The Colosseum was also the scene of various dramatic performances. In the fifteenth century, the Colosseum began to function as a stone quarry and the material was used to build St. Peter’s Basilica.

An important period for this majestic monument is the eighteenth century, when Benedict XIV, the then Pope, declared the Colosseum a sacred place. Since then, it has been very popular with tourists who come to visit it from all over the world. It is built of travertine and has 4 floors, but a number of earthquakes have affected its appearance today. Today only 2/3 are preserved. The last and fourth floors were for lower class citizens and women. In the middle was the arena, which was used for combat. The colosseum has 80 entrances and capacity for almost 55,000 people.

There are several prophecies associated with this monument, including: “As long as the Colosseum exists, Rome will also exist; when the Colosseum will fall, Rome will also fall; when Rome will fall, the world will also fall.” As in the past and today, the Colosseum is one of Rome’s most majestic monuments, a visit to which is an unforgettable experience.

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