Colosseum

Even if you've never been to Rome, you recognize this building as a symbol of the city. I had been looking forward to a nighttime visit of the Colosseum, and I was not disappointed. It was much more enormous than I expected, having only seen the pictures. For those who have never been there, it is about as big as a modern NFL stadium.

Built at the height of the Roman empire, around 80 A.D., the Colosseum is the grandeur of ancient Rome. It is one of the wonders of the ancient world. The massive structure allowed more than 50,000 fans to watch gladiators fight wild animals and each other. When sacrificing Christians was all the rage in Rome, some were martyred here in front of a frenzied multitude of spectators.

Only about a third of the original Colosseum remains. Earthquakes and looters destroyed much of the rest, and stones from the structure were carted off during the Renaissance rebuilding of Rome to become parts of new construction. Builders found the Colosseum a convenient source of pre-cut stones.

LENS: 17-35 at ~20mm | FILM: Fuji Velvia | EXPOSURE: f/22 at 5 minutes | DATE: 10/03

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