The Colosseum

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, has seen featured in many Hollywood films, and is a top choice for tourists in Rome. [Photo: The Colosseum, by AJ Paris].

The Colosseum is an iconic feature of Rome.

“You have to see it to believe it,” said Rodrigo, who came all the way from Brazil to see it in person. “You dream about it and then you see it, and the reality beats anything else,” he added, as he looked up at the largest amphitheater ever built.

The Colosseum, which is just east of the Roman Forum, was envisioned by Vespasian, completed by Titus, and was perfected by Domitian. The association with these emperors, who are known as the Flavian dynasty, is what gives the place its official name; ‘Anfiteatro Flavio’ in Italian.

It was financed with the spoil of the conquest of Jerusalem of AD 70.

It can hold as much as 80,000 people, and has been a tourist place since what seems like forever. Hollywood films like Roman Holiday and The Jumper featured scenes in it, with popular tourist guidebooks making it a must see location.

It’s managed by the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l’Area Archeologica di Roma or the Special Superintendency for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome.

It’s open daily from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and costs €12.

AJ Paris is a New York based photographer and the author of the coffee table book Men Around the World.


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