The Senators’ seats
The animals’ quarters
I think it’s amazing that these ruins are still here for us to marvel over.
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One day I will visit this place! 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful pictures!
I’ve not been to the Colosseum, but would love to someday. All that brutality!
Just like I remembered it. The first time I visited the Coliseum. I bumped into a woman from my office and hadn’t known she was going to be on vacation. She told me my assistant was leaving my agency. What a way to find out!
I love, LOVE Rome! This brought back such great memories – I think we managed to hit every tourist spot of any meaning, and topped it off with a trip out to see the ruins of Pompeii. Thanks for refreshing my memories of one of my favorite trips to Europe. 🙂
Wow Ken, isn’t it something that the Roman Coliseum is still standing. It’s something I’ve only read about but have never seen photos like yours. Fantastic.
Now we are talking.
Incredible photos of an incredible place. I am fascinated by what ancient man was able to create. They could flood it to but on recreations of naval battles, had elevators that could move up into the field.
People have a bad image of this place, probably because people were killed there. they fail to realize ROME was the center of the civilized world at the time.
Incredible place, thanks for sharing this with us.
It is an incredible engineering feat considering what they had to work with.
Rome is one my bucket list. I have to see that place in person.
I haven’t been to Rome since 1987 visiting family. Looks like the coliseum didn’t change like we did. 🙂
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Thanks for the memories, Ken. I’m Italian on my dad’s side and visiting Rome was a remarkable experience. The coliseum, yes, but also the surprises I encountered walking down back alleys only to stumble upon some gorgeous fountain or statue that likely was pictured in books of fine arts. In my grandmother’s village in the mountains of Abruzzi, a Roman aqueduct was still in use. Those guys knew how to build things to last.
Ah, much better today than in the bad old days when criminals, slaves, and Christians were torn apart by lions and other beasts, eh?
Looking at the bigger picture, the Colosseum is a testament to empire and privilege and the hubris that goes along with them: it is also a solemn reminder that all empires fall sooner or later – something for us to think about as America draws closer to a financial day of reckoning.
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I loved the pictures taken from every angle. What a beautiful place. A real marvel considering how many years ago it was built. It’s one of the countries, I have yet to visit.
Oh how I long to go back to Rome!
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