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Here is a list of some interesting facts about the Colosseum in Rome:
🔟🆒 The Colosseum was not designed by a single prominent designer/architect as it would be if built today. During medieval times it was said to have been designed by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. Now we know that Virgil died well before the Colosseum was conceived.
9️⃣ The Colosseum was built by Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian dynasty, for Titus, his successor.
8️⃣ 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.
7️⃣ The Colosseum has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators. (its bigger than many stadiums of today).
6️⃣ All Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and were also fed throughout the spectacles.
5️⃣ The Colosseum only took 10 years to build starting in 70 AD and was completed in 80 AD using over 60,000 Jewish slaves.
4️⃣ The original name of the Colosseum was Flavian Amphitheater, after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors.
The area beneath the Colosseum was called the Hypogeum (meaning underground). The hypogeum consisted of two-level subterranean network of tunnels and 32 animal pens. It had 80 vertical shafts which provided instant access to the arena for animals and scenery.
2️⃣ Many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today.
1️⃣ Sadly is one of the most notoriouse place where brothers and sisters in Christ where murderer for the pagan romans. (John 3:16)
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