Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 24 Oct 2019
One of Rome’s most popular and oldest attraction, the Colosseum, has been a captivating landmark in the heart of the city for over 2,000 years. This New World Wonder is a part of a rich Italian culture and history, in which more than 7 million people have visited. Previously to being named Colosseum, this gigantic landmark was known as the Flavian Amphitheater. There are over 80 entrances to the Colosseum, although not all are available to the public. Manly known for its gladiatorial battles and animal fights, water battles also occurred at the Colosseum The maintenance and expenses were deemed too high, therefore the fights and battles seized to occur between 435 CE and 523 CE. An underground section, also known as Hypogeum, of the Colosseum displays first aid stations, a plumbing system and more than 30 trap doors. Tickets for special tours for the Hypogeum and most parts of the Colosseum are available online or at the Colosseum.
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