The Roman Colosseum was the largest amphitheater ever built at the time and held 50,000 to 80,000 spectators.
Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72 and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir, Titus. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Roman mythology. During it's has sustained damage from earthquakes and stone-robbers. It is one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions and also has links to the Roman Catholic Church, as each Good Friday the Pope leads a torchlit "Way of the Cross" procession that starts in the area around the Colosseum.
Make sure to observe and utilize navigational arrows that can appear on the photographic surface of this Google Streetview map to make your way through the tour path spaces and sequences.
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