The Colosseum or Coliseum , originally the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium , Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo) , is a giant amphitheatre in the centre of the city Rome , Italy.
Originally capable of seating around 50,000 spectators , it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles .
It was built on a site just east of the Roman Forum, with construction starting between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian.
The amphitheatre , the largest ever built in the Roman Empire , was completed in 80 AD under Titus , with further modifications being made during
The Colosseum remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as the 6th century---- well after the traditional date of the fall of Rome in 476 .
As well as the traditional gladiatorial games , many other public spectacles were held there , such as mock sea battles , animal hunts , executions , re-enactments of famous battles , and dramas based on Classical mythology.
Although it is now in a severely ruined condition due to damage caused by earthquakes and stone-robbers , the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome and is one of the finest surviving examples of Roman architecture.
It is in the list of New Seven Wonders Of The World .................
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