I was never a history buff in high school. I actually hated the idea of sitting in social studies class learning about the World Wars, who even won anyway? [bad, I know, don’t rub it in…] It was all just very confusing to me (I was more of a math and science girl), and I just studied to get good marks in my classes (because I was one of those who wanted needed straight A’s or I wasn’t satisfied). It’s funny, because when you finally grow up, you finally realize that those high school grades don’t matter. One bit.
Let’s move on to the real reason behind the post = the letter C, for Coliseum. And Cah-razy. As we all know I can ramble on and on and on (Hey, look, I’m doing it right now…)
So when I visited the ancient Colosseum in the heart of Rome on my backpacking trip a few years back, I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Sure, I’ve seen pictures of one of the most recognizable landmarks of Italy, but it was just that– only pictures. The Eiffel Tower had a pretty big effect on me, however, Paris is always a good idea. But would I revert back to my high school days and simply not give a damn about the Colosseum?
That changed the moment I laid eyes on the massive, half destroyed, yet beautiful sight.
To just think that Roman emperors built this entire stadium/amphitheatre WAY back in 70-80 AD surely is pretty impressive. Surely something I could never do. Although I did have a great time admiring the Roman Colosseum, (complete with some gelato on the way back), we viewed it alone, lacking a tour guide or Lonely Planet book to describe in detail more about this grandiose colosseum. I later did some research after the trip. Hey, better late than never, right?
Here’s what I found out:
How it was made:
At the very top, a level was added to house the common poor, slaves, and woman. Experts believe that spectators at this level had to stand during the entire performance.
Parts of the outer wall were cleaned between 1993 and 2000, in order to clean the Colosseum from automobile exhaust damage.
A recent agreement has been made (with the Tod’s guy- how cool!) to restore the Colosseum. I hope this €25 million restoration doesn’t change it too much!
And now some more photos for your viewing pleasure: