Inside the Colosseum

While in Rome, I made a repeat visit to the Colosseum, aka the Flavian Amphitheatre. In its day — it was completed in 80 AD — it could seat 50,000 people.

A lot more of the Colosseum would still be standing had it not been used as a quarry for stone and bronze later in its existence, as well as suffered from violent earthquakes. It’s incredible to try to imagine what it must have looked like the day of its grand opening, isn’t it?

The arena is shorter than a football field, a little more than 270 feet at its longest section.

The arena’s floor is long gone, but without it, you can see into the areas where the animals, gladiators and other people used to run around.

[Photos by Marie Look]