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Roma, Imperial City, Italy

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; Temple of Venus and Rome built by Hadrian in 121 AD in the foreground

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; Temple of Venus and Rome built by Hadrian in 121 AD on the right

Colosseum

The Flavian amphitheatre, commonly called the Colosseum, construction begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus (79-81AD) in 80 AD, Roma, Italy, Europe. Restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD, period of decay and ruin transformed the monument into a quarry of building materials.

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; restored several time after fires and earthquakes, no record of spectacles after 523 AD

Colosseum

Or The Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD: view of the cavea and arena

Roman Forum

Ruins, Temple of Venus and Rome built by Hadrian in 121 AD in the background and Flavian amphitheatre, commonly called the Colosseum,begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD, in the distance

Colosseum

Or Flavian amphitheatre, begun by Vespasian (69-79 AD) and finished by Titus in 80 AD; Arch of Titus (Late 1st century AD) in the foreground

Arch of Septimus Severus

Erected in 203 AD, Roman Forum

Arch of Titus

Built to commemorate taking of Jerusalem by Roman Emperor Titus, 39-81 AD, in 70 AD, Roman Forum

Roman Forum

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Church of San Lorenzo In Miranda), 141 AD; the five-story bell tower of the Santa Francesca Romana (12th century) and the Colosseum (80 AD) in the distance

Roman Forum

Temple of Antoninus and Faustina (Church of San Lorenzo In Miranda), 141 AD; Temple of Divus Romulus, completed by Constantine early in the 4th century AD

Heart of the antique and imperial city, the Forum started rising from the swampland during the ninth century BC. The rising of Phoca’s Column in 608 concluded the glorious season of the Roman Forum, symbol of the domination of the Empire upon the rest of the world. With the decline of the Empire and the progressive depopulation of Rome into the Middle Ages the swampland reappeared and the disuse transformed the glorious Forum into a vulgar pastureland. Nero decided to build the Colosseum after the fire of 64 AD that destroyed a goodly part of the city. The amphitheatre was inaugurated in 80 AD with spectacles and games that lasted, according to sources of the time, one hundred days, during which thousands of wild animals and many gladiators were killed in combat.