Pan over Ancient Rome

I took this little video from atop the Palantine Hill. On the left is the Roman Forum and ancient temples, panning all the way to the right where the Colosseum Stands. Take a look.

Just imagine, this was the very center of the known world about 2,000 years ago. Incredible.

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Colosseum, video

Here’s another look at the Colosseum from the interior, this time a video pan from the floor level. It gives you a good sense of what it might have been like looking up at the audience.

If you have the time, take in as much of the Colosseum as possible, including a tour of the substructures, the highest points, and around the exterior. A knowledgeable guide or doing your homework about the site will make any visit that much better.

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Colosseum, interior

As promised in the previous post, here are some views from the interior of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. My visit entered at street level. However, I snapped this pic from further up:

DSC_3420The wide-angle perspective above does give a sense of the scale of the Colosseum. Use the people down below to gauge the size. Here’s another view, more from floor level:

DSC_3390The photo above gives a sense of what it would have been like to be in the arena looking up at the audience. Next is a look at the substructure beneath the arena floor:

DSC_3399In those rooms and corridors people and animals were prepped for the show. What a horror it must have been. Finally, here are a few photos showing access to the arena and the view from the Colosseum out toward Rome.

DSC_3412Looking out:

DSC_3426When visiting the Colosseum, wear sturdy shoes and be prepared for lots of stairs, walking, and standing. Enjoy.

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Colosseum, exterior

Of course, any visit to Rome requires a stop by the Colosseum. Here are a couple of exterior views. To say it is a massive structure is an understatement. Yes, it is large but it is massive in the sense that it is a huge pile of brick and stone, well-constructed to last centuries.

DSC_3435In fact, later generations used the Colosseum as a quarry for stone to build other buildings through the centuries. Moving slightly closer:

DSC_3383The design has survived the ages, forming the basis for most large public venues in the modern era. The Romans figured all this out and stuck with it almost two thousand years ago. The next post will show the inside. Stay tuned.

Published in: on November 9, 2018 at 12:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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