It's Travel Tuesday - Mitford and the Longhorn visit Rome!
Our next location on our world tour is the Colosseum in Rome! For a short time get 20% off on these two designs, click here to view all the designs!
Here's a 10 facts about the Colosseum:
1.) The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty, for Titus, his successor.
2.) Colosseum is an elliptical building measuring 189 meters long and 156 meters wide with a base area of 24,000 m² with a height of more than 48 meter.
3.) It has about 80 entrances and can accommodate 50,000 spectators.
4.) Construction of this huge edifice started in 72 CE and was completed in 80 CE.
5.) In 847, the southern side of the Colosseum collapsed because of a devastating earthquake.
6.) The marble façade and some parts of the Colosseum were used for the construction of St Peter’s Basilica and later monuments.
7.) The Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as animal hunts, mock sea battles, re-enactments of famous battles, executions and dramas.
8.) During the inaugural games of the Colosseum in 80 CE held by Titus, some 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered.
9.) In 107 CE, Emperor Trajan is said to have celebrated his victories in Dacia with contests involving 11,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators within 123 days.
10.) It is estimated that the games played in the Colosseum for hundreds of years have taken the lives of about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals.