Emperor Nero never actually saw the Coliseum in Rome..

The Flavium Amphitheatre - Coliseum

Symbol of Rome

The Flavium Amphitheatre

The Coliseum is the most visited site in Italy with millions of visitors annually, but few visitors are aware of is real name and origins.

Emperor Nero never actually saw the Coliseum in Rome; both Cecil De Milleai??i??s and Mervyn Le Royai??i??s movies, ai???The Sign of The Crossai??? and ai???Quo Vadis?ai??? were historically inaccurate. Nero had actually died well before the construction of the ai???colossusai??? began. In those times no building of its magnitude had been seen anywhere in the world, even in the powerful Roman Empire.

Attributing the construction of that ai???recreationalai??? place to the Emperor Nero remains
Among the many legends created over the past two thousand years. More recently, film versions, imagination and distortions have created further myths about the origins of this famous symbol of Rome.

The original name of what we now call the Coliseum was ai???Anfiteatro Flavioai??? Flavium Amphitheatre from the name of the ai???Flavi,ai??? a powerful Roman family that seized power in Rome after Nero died.

Vespasianum, the first of the family to seize power, decided to build the monument that was unveiled and opened for business by his son Titus around 80 CE. Nero died in 68 CE.

It was renamed the Coliseum in Medieval times referring to its colossal size. The name has remained the Coliseum ignoring the name of its creator.

Its elliptic form has a perimeter of 1,750 feet; the height is 170 feet with a seating capacity of about 50,000, a real colossus for its time. Originally it was furnished with a clever system of sails that protected the spectators from the scorching summer sun in Rome and from rain.

The notion that it was a place of Christian martyrdom is without any historical proof; it was rather a place for public celebrations, for the commemoration of battles, dramas based on classic mythology and gladiator battles.

It is, certainly the most well known image of Rome and one of the most visited historical sites in the world. It was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980 and is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

The unforgettable 1953 movie ai???A Roman Holiday,ai??? co-starring Gregory Peck with the young and beautiful Audrey Hepburn, revived Rome as a popular romantic destination.
Reservation is mandatory for a visit.

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