Colosseo, Roma, Italia

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The Colosseum or Coliseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) is an elliptical amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and stone, it was the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire, and is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering. It is the largest amphitheatre in the world. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD,and was completed in 80 AD under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius). The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, and was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era. It was later reused for such purposes as housing, workshops, quarters for a religious order, a fortress, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.

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Comments (267)

©theWolfsEye☼ on July 12

Fantastic picture of this great place!


Best wishes, Wolf

eric-bretagne-29 on July 15

impressive photo
kind regards, eric

Gunther Kruger on July 17

So cool David,YSL GHK

Jörg R. on July 20

A fantastic view to this theatre !


Best wishes

Dalila N on July 24

Opravdu excelentní foto z Kolosea. L+F

Zdravím z České republiky. Dalila

Klein-Bonsels on July 27

thumbs up!!! :-), l, f, marc.

Dr.Azzouqa on August 2

Excellent composition.


Best wishes from Jordan.


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 27, 2013
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    by David Guruli
    • Camera: Canon EOS 40D
    • Taken on 2011/07/26 14:50:34
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1000)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.50 EV
    • No flash