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Photo Gallery: The Colosseum, Rome

Last year, I visited Rome and spent a few days following in Lara’s footsteps, exploring some of the “Eternal City’s” ancient wonders and archaeological ruins. Readers may recall I posted a gallery of photos of Trajan’s Market, one of the places Ms Croft vists in Tomb Raider Chronicles. This time, I thought I’d share some photos I took at one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colosseum.

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was completed in 80 AD and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The amphitheatre once held up to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests (as seen in the 2000 Ridley Scott film Gladiator), mock sea battles, dramas based on Classical mythology, and public executions. Unlike Lara, I didn’t confront any lions or hostile gladiators, just huge crowds of tourists, slippery steps and the Colosseum’s resident moggy.

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About Kelly M (396 Articles)
A Gibraltarian-born blogger, gamer, and archaeology enthusiast with a passion for languages and wildlife conservation. Tweets under the username @TombRaiderArch and runs the official fansite, The Archaeology of Tomb Raider.

5 Comments on Photo Gallery: The Colosseum, Rome

  1. serifbooks // March 18, 2014 at 17:51 // Reply

    Incredible snaps… it’s just haunting to see the skeletons of an ancient world hanging around in ours. Thanks for this!

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    • You’re welcome. Ruins always make me try to imagine what life was like when the buildings were in use and how people lived back then. It’s easy to forget that they were people just like us, with hopes, fears and dreams… 🙂

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  2. Looks like an amazing place to visit. Thanks for sharing the photos!

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    • You’re welcome, Andrew. If you ever have the chance to visit Rome, I recommend spending a couple of hours wandering around the Colosseum, Forum and Trajan’s Market.

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