The Colosseum, iconic symbol of Roman Empire

The Colosseum, iconic symbol of Roman Empire

Colosseum, Rome – Italy

In the 1950s and 60s, when one referred to words like Ceasar and Rome, everybody would immeditately picture the Great Roman Empire and the most popular emperor CEASAR. Today funny how if you mentioned this word in a social gathering, the majority of the people (especially young ones) would start dreaming about a mouth watering pizza from Little Ceasars fast food restaurants.

colosseumIt is amazing how times change (for the worse in this regard certainly) as the generations are getting to be more and more uneducated and thus indifferent about our history.. all that we have brought from the past for thousands of years..

Italy, surely proud to have had the great Roman Empire in its history offers us so many traits from said civilization among which the Colosseum in Rome is in the first place.

This place witnessed brutal fights and executions for hundreds of years and about half a million people lost their lives here. Vespasian (emperor 69-79) decided to strengthen his regime by building an amphitheatre, or rather a pleasure palace for the people. It was the largest amphitheatre in the Roman world, capable of holding some 50,000 spectators.

The Colosseum is extremely impressive as an outstanding architectural work of the old Romans. It is an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and its breakthrough achievements in earthquake engineering. It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church.

Two thirds of the original building have been destroyed because of fires and earthquakes, and the present Colosseum is only a shadow of its former self, a noble ruin.

Thanks to SoCal Attractions 360 for the beautiful video