I recently went to Rome, Italy during Thanksgiving break. When I was there, I got to tour the infamous Colosseum and the Roman Forum. I've always been interested in Roman History, so seeing it up close was very exciting. Enjoy some photos along with informational blurbs!
An outside view of the Colosseum, otherwise known as the Flavian Amphitheater.
The Flavian Amphitheater was used for the Romans to watch humans fight animals, like elephants, tigers, giraffes and many others.
The different levels of the Amphitheater had people of different social status. The slaves sat at the top and their owners sat near the stage.
There used to be a wooden stage on top of the underground tunnels.
The Underground tunnels were used to transport the people fighting and the animas to the stage.
The tunnels were usually decorated with fountains and other places for the fighters to wash up.
There aren't only tunnels underground in the Colosseum, but also all over Rome. This is one of the reasons why Rome doesn't have a complex transit system.
Arches are a common theme in ancient Roman architecture.
The Colosseum also had a very good pluming system. If it did catch on fire, the whole Amphitheater could be evacuated within eight minutes at full capacity.
This is the view that the richest and well known Romans would get while watching the action play before them.
The amphitheater is one of the best-known monuments of Rome.
The interior of the Colosseum was covered in colorful stone. Most of the color is faded today.
Columns were also a big part of Roman architecture.
This is the common area where Roman fighters would shower afterward.
There were shower heads to wash their bodies,
as well as shower heads to wash from above.
There are a lot of engravings on the interior of the Colosseum.
An overview of the amphitheater.
The Roman Forum was the hub of selling merchandise, and shopping in Rome.
People also lived near the Forum with their families and slaves.
It looked better to live on the bottom floor that the top floor.
It was warmer closer to the ground. When it was cold you could make a fire unlike the slaves who lived above you.
There was better plumbing on the bottom floor, too.
Water would come out of tunnels.