Rome. It is many things, but most of all, it is Resilient. It has changed much since it was first founded, but it endures, it continues. Walk along almost any street in Rome and you are inundated with evidence of the passing of time. An ancient archeological site sits next to a Renaissance palace. Exit a labyrinth of narrow winding streets and happen upon a site that changed history. Rome is funny like that. History, the passing of time, empires, wars, everything has left its mark here – or has Rome left its mark on everything?
Last week, we had an opportunity to tour some of the most Roman of places. The Coliseum, the Forum, and the Palatine Hill. Cracked, crumbling and crowded, these ancient sites still leave their mark on the world centuries later. That to me is Resilient. Here are a few photos of one of Rome’s most enduring emblem, the Coliseum.
Vespasion began work on the amphitheater in AD 72 on the grounds of Nero’s former palace. Titus opened the Flavian Amphitheater in AD 80, and two centuries later, it remains a symbol of the resilience of Rome.
The remains of a mysterious figure on horseback were discovered near the Colisseum
From every angle this is an impressive structure.
The Coliseum was constructed on the grounds of Nero’s palace
Standing next to the Coliseum, you can’t help but be impressed by its scale.
It is estimated that between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators fit inside the Coliseum.
The various stones that remain on the inside of the Coliseum are beautifully textured.
Inside the Coliseum, you see the effects of the centuries.
Looking across the Hypogeum at the Imperial box, marked today with a cross.
From the floors above, you can see the tunnels that make up the Hypogeum. This area would have been covered by a wooden floor platform during the games.
The cross at the imperial box is said to have been erected in memory of the Christians who were martyred in the arena.
One of the best places to view the Coliseum is from above on nearby Via della Terme Tito.
From this vista, you can see the crumbling remains of an old Roman wall, the Coliseum, and the remaining columns of the Roman Temple of Venus.
The crumbling remains of an outer wall near the Coliseum.
The entrance near the imperial box.
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