Fun Fact 2 The Colosseum is an amphitheatre which can be described as
typical Roman architecture of circular construction providing tiered
seated for spectators to view the centre space where dramatic sporting
events took place.
Fun Fact 3: The Colosseum is an engineering wonder as its awesome
structure reflects the extent of the architectural skills of Rome's
civilization. It is an architectural achievement recognized throughout
Fun Fact 4: The majority of Rome was destroyed in the Great Fire of Rome
which took place in 64 AD, after the destruction the Emperor, Nero,
built a garden and a great lake. Some years later Vespasian came into
power and decided to turn Nero's creation into an amphitheatre to
present to the people of Rome. Vepasian was the first emporer of the
Fun Fact 5: Construction of the Colosseum began around 70 AD at the
command of emperors. It was completed around a decade later when Titus
was in power.
Fun Fact 6: The Colosseum is known as the 'Colosseo' in Italian. This
structural wonder is also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre.
Fun Fact 7: The original structure of the Colosseum was 156 meters wide
and 189 meters long. The building stood at 48 meters tall. The
circumference of the structure was 545 meters making the building
humungous. It is the largest amphitheatre in Italy.
Fun Fact 8: The amphitheatre provided tiered seating which offered
seating to 50,000 people. The crowd were seated according to their
status. The wealthy and noble were given priority over ordinary Roman
citizens who were seated at the highest tiers furthest from the centre
Fun Fact 9: Some people were given special seating including senators.
In order to become a Roman Senate, a person had to meet a high criteria;
this included being rich, over the age of 30 and having served in a
position of authority within the Commonwealth.
Fun Fact 10: Vestal Virgins were also provided with special seating;
they sat in an imperial box to the south of the building. Vestal Virgins
were the pure priestesses of Vesta; the only female priestesses of
Ancient Rome. There was an additional imperial box at the north end of
the building as well.
Fun Fact 11: The Colosseum centre is the area where the dramatic
sporting events took place. It measured 83 meters x 43 meters. The
clever construction allowed this area to flood with water to create sea
Fun Fact 12: The acts which took place within the Colosseum were far
from acts of kindness. Much cruelty and torture took place within the
walls of the amphitheatre; spectators would regularly watch professional
gladiators fight against all sorts of animals, criminals and Christians.
Fun Fact 13: Many tunnels, cages and cells surround the centre arena of
Roman Colosseum, this is where animals and people would be held before
they entered the arena.
Fun Fact 14: The structure of the Colosseum has been partly ruined over
the past centuries. Some of its stone was used during medieval times.
The building also suffered damaged from an earthquake during the year
Fun Fact 15: Although only half of Roman Colosseum remains today,
tourists visit from all around the world to see this architectural
wonder where they can have guided tours around the building.