One of the most historic and memorable and recognizable remnants of the Ancient Roman times is the Colloseum. It is a venue where Romans were entertained with gladiator duels or the less popular mock sea battles. It was built in AD 72 under the emperor Vespasian and was completed under the reign of emperor Titus in AD 80.
During its glory days, the Colloseum is believed to be able to hold 50,000 to 80,000 spectators, on an average maybe 65,000 people were there to witness the events taking place there.
It is a feat of engineering genius that the Colloseum is still standing, although what is left nowadays are just the ruins. The main structure has been struck with several earthquakes, and there was a time when stone robbers took some of the heavy slabs of stone to sell. They contained bronze and some other precious metals.
Today, it is a tourist attraction which attracts hundreds of thousand of tourist from around the world each year. They marvel and awe at the beauty that is seen in the ruins. These visitors could only imagine how breath-taking this might have been in all its glory days.
People come here to appreciate the view, take pictures, of course, or simply be amazed by the grandeur of its architectural beauty and elegance. We’re fortunate enough to be able to see it with our own eyes because many around the world do not have the luxury of being able to travel here and see the ruins with their very own eyes.
As we go around the Colloseum, we can’t help but be amazed and try to imagine how the Roman Engineers and builders have come up with such an intricate plan of beauty and elegance yet durable enough to stand centuries of wear and tear. Those people are to be considered pillars of construction, as they have put up a structure of this grandeur yet managed to keep it stable for a very long time. These people are the smartest builders, knowing how to lay the foundation and build a very tall structure which could support tens of thousands of people all at once without any hitch.
It is my duty as a historian/traveler to share my first-hand encounters which such a beautiful ancient works of art and wonders of engineering and innovation. Seeing this made me appreciate what obstacles those early ROmans had in building this structure and how they went about dealing with said obstacles.