Amazon Quiz: Guess This Place

Roman Forum




Answer: Colosseum

Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre located in Rome’s city centre, to the east of the Roman Forum. Despite its age, it is still the biggest amphitheatre in existence today and the biggest ancient amphitheatre ever constructed. Vespasian (reigned 69–79 AD) ordered construction to start in 72, and Titus, his successor and heir, ordered it to be finished in 80 AD (r. 79–81).

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Travertine limestone, tuff (volcanic rock), and brick-faced concrete were used to construct the Colosseum. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles like animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, dramas based on Roman mythology, and briefly mock sea battles.

It could hold an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 spectators at various points in its history, with an average audience of about 65,000. In the early medieval period, the structure stopped being used for entertainment. Later, it was utilized again for things like homes, workshops, religious order apartments, a castle, a quarry, and a Christian shrine.