The Colosseum is one of the most famous buildings that are visited by millions every year. It was used for many events, and the most famous was the popular gladiator fights. It is a very complex building with high architectural methods used to build it. The exterior and the interior of the Colosseum have unique elements that serve the style and function of it. The building has been reconstructed and improved slightly to preserve it until today.
[...] Site: The Colosseum was built in the center of the city of Rome, it is located on a “marshy land between the Esquiline and Caelian Hills, it was the first permanent amphitheater to be built in Rome.” The area where the Colosseum stands today was once an artificial lake known as Stangum at the place Nero stayed. After a huge fire hit the city of Rome, the Golden House of Nero was destroyed, and the Colosseum was built over that site later on. [...]
[...] List of Illustration Sources: [Cover] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Colosseum_at_night.jpg http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_colosseum_km_001.jpg http://static.sxc.hu/n/ns/nsoup/590272_86407873.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/43/Colosseum_gladiator.jpg http://www.fuhsd.net/schools/fhs/teachers/lzastrow/images/Ancient%20Rome/ Rome%20Colosseu m%20aerial%20view.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/8c/Roman_Colosse um_With_Moon.jp g/800px-Roman_Colosseum_With_Moon.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/44/Colosseum_from_behind. jpg http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_aj1296_b.jpg http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_aj1297_b.jpg http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_aj1298_b.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/47/Colosseum-profilelatin.png http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_aj1301_b.jpg http://data.greatbuildings.com/gbc/images/cid_aj1303_b.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/Kolosseumbannen.jpg Frank Sear, Roman Architecture (1998), page 136, Figure 78. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c5/JeanLeon_Gerome_Pollice_Verso.jpg http://apolyton.net/ron/factsheets/images/wonders/colosseum.gif Bibliography: Books: Young, Gayle. "On Italy's passionate opposition to death penalty", CNN.com, CNN, February Retrieved on August Bomgardner, D. L. (David Lee), 1951-London : Routledge "The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre", Chapter 1. Filippo Coarelli, The Colosseum(2001), Page 78-84 Ian Archibald Richmond, Donald Emrys Strong, Janet DeLaine. "Colosseum", [...]
[...] I will try to keep learning more and more about the Colosseum and other buildings. End Notes: Colosseum: Great Buildings' 2006 [Online] Available < http://greatbuildings.com/buildings/Roman_Colosseum.html> (November 2006) Colosseum' 2006 [Online] Available < http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Colosseum> (November 21, 2006) Colosseum: Ancient Rome' 2006 [Online] Available < http://ancientrome.tripod.com/colosseum/colosseum.htm> (November 15, 2006) ‘Colosseum Rome Colosseum - Exterior' 2006 [Online] Available < http://www.romaviva.com/Colosseo/colosseum_exterior.htm> (November 14, 2006) Young, Gayle. "On Italy's passionate opposition to death penalty", CNN.com, CNN, February Retrieved on August Bomgardner, D. L. (David Lee), 1951-London : Routledge "The Story of the Roman Amphitheatre", Chapter 1. [...]
[...] The architect(s) of the Colosseum had thought about and analyzed everything before building it, we can see the great mechanism in the interior of the building, things such as pulleys and elevators were used to make it easier to change the scenery and move props. Construction: The construction of the Colosseum started at 72 AD to 80 AD. It was built by an order from Vespasian and was ready in the time of his son Titus. Limestone blocks and bricks were used to build the Colosseum and were then covered with white marble. [...]
[...] Due to the large size of the Colosseum, the Colosseum had 76 entrances, the spectators knew which entrance to go through based on the tickets they were given and the number it held. Two hundred and forty mast corbels were places at the top of the attic in the same circular movement of the Colosseum; these corbels gave support to an awning which protected the spectators from sun and rain. This also created something similar to an air conditioning system to the spectators by moving the wind over its slopes. [...]
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