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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Jan. 13, 2014: The Colosseum, Rome, Italy

003 Rome. The Collisseum


One of the most famous structures of the Roman empire, the Colosseum, still stands some 2000 years after it was built.  It's a truly remarkable feat of architecture, engineering and craftsmanship -- one of the world's great iconic buildings.


Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, this was the largest building in the Roman Empire.   Romans pioneered the use of concrete and arches in construction, both of which you'll find used in abundance in the Colosseum.  Seating over 50,000, the Colosseum was used to entertain the restless masses and was the world's first major sports arena.   Gladiator battles (often to the death) were the favored events but the Colosseum housed public executions, plays, exotic animal hunts. It could even be flooded for mock sea battles.  After the fall of the Roman Empire, it was used as a church.  


What persists today is still very impressive, although the structure has been damaged by weather, earthquakes and the pilfering of many of its stones.  The floor of the arena is eroded and allows you to see the labyrinthine underground passages used to move animals and gladiators about before their "performances". 


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