New7Wonders: The Colosseum
Today’s Video Of The Day celebrates another one of the New7Wonders of the World: The Colosseum.
The Colosseum is a legendary oval-shaped theater located in the heart of Rome, Italy. The structure was built 72 AD and 80 AD, primarily of consisting of concrete and sand. It is the largest amphitheater ever built and in its day, could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators.
The venue was primarily used for gladiator battles, during which two armed combatants would entertain the crowds by engaging in a gruesome showdown. The Colosseum was also utilized for public spectacles, executions, and reenactments of famous war battles.
Unlike most Greek theaters, which were built into the sides of hills, the Colosseum is a completely free-standing structure. The foundation measures 189 meters long by 156 meters wide, with a base of 24,000 square meters.
Inside, visitors were seated in a tiered structure corresponding to the very strict class system in Roman society.
Public events at the Colosseum ceased after the fall of the Roman empire, and the building began to fall into disrepair during the medieval period.
Today, the venue remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, an iconic symbol of the Roman empire.
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