When was the Colosseum built in Rome? Colosseum is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre. It is located in the center of Rome and it is the biggest amphitheatre ever built in the ancient Roman Empire.
When Was the Colosseum Built?
♦ The Colosseum construction began in 72 AD. At the time when the Colosseum works started, Vespasian was the emperor of Rome. In 80 AD, the Colosseum was finished and it was the time of Titus’s rule.
♦ The name Amphitheatrum Flavium comes from Flavius, which was the family name of both Titus and Vespasian.
What Was the Colosseum Used for?
♦ The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial spectacles and other shows. Its capacity was nearly 50,000 seats.
♦ Even today, this place is one of the most visited places in Europe and attracts numerous tourists every year. Nearly everyone who comes to Italy wants to see the Colosseum. You will be amazed by the largeness of this place.
♦ Today, some parts of the Colosseum are ruined, but it is still there in its ancient beauty.
♦ Italian variant of Euro coin has the picture of Colosseum on it.
♦ The Colosseum is one of the most common pictures on postcards and souvenirs.
♦ During the medieval period, the place was also called “Coliseum”. Many similar names have been used throughout history, but the name “Colosseum” is still in use.
♦ At the time when Vespasian died, only three stories were finished. It was 79 AD. Top stories were finished during the year that followed, under the rule of Titus, Vespasian’s son.
♦ According to some sources, the number of animals that were killed in Colosseum exceeded 9,000.
♦ The Colosseum was damaged in 217 AD, when a great fire broke in Rome. There were several repairs: in 240, 250, 252 and 320 AD.
♦ In 443 AD, there was an earthquake that also caused a great damage. However, the Colosseum was repaired again.
♦ During the middle ages, the Colosseum went through some changes. By the end of the sixth century, this place was used as a small cemetery and had a church inside its structure.
♦ During the 12th century, the Colosseum was being used as a castle.
♦ There was another major earthquake in 1349, when the Colosseum was damaged again.
♦ Today, this is one of the world known attractions. People from all over the world come to see this wonder. Many famous musicians have used Colosseum for their concerts.