The Colosseum was constructed in the 1st century by the orders of Emperor Nero. This massive building was the center point of public spectacles and could host up to 50,000 spectators at a time.
While primarily known for its gladiator tournaments, it could host a multitude of other ancient sports such as reenactments of the ancient or mythological battle, chariot races, animal hunting, and even other entertainment such as Roman drama and executions. The interior set designs and inner workings were so incredible that it could go from hosting drama one week, to mock sea battle within the next!
The Colosseum’s rich history expands beyond Roman antiquity and its entertainment. It was used occasionally used as a fortress, a shelter, and even a wool factory. Currently, alongside a tourist site, it is one of the significant places of interest for Christianity.
As you pass through the relevant structures, your accompanying tour guide elaborates on these, and further details about the events and people that have made their marks on the Colosseum’s history.