Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Colosseum

Did you know that the Colosseum was designed to hold 50,000 spectators and it had approximately 80 entrances so crowds could arrive and leave easily? Now that's pretty clever.
Did you know that the facade of 3 tiers of arches and an attic story is about 48.5 m (158 ft) tall - roughly equivalent to a 12-15 story building?
Did you know it's not in my "must stop" list? I know, I know. It's one of those decisions that must be made. In a short time frame to visit a place, one has to hit the spots. First one must identify the spots. In my case, I had one - Vatican - where I planned to see St. Peter's Basilica and of course where I will meet my high school girl friend. I was very excited to be in Rome because of her. We haven't seen each other in ages.

Stay tuned.

26 comments:

Ginnie said...

I've been to Rome 3 times, Maria, and took the Colosseum tour only once. It was pretty sobering when I thought of it's history. I would not need to see inside again. But the outside is definitely a wonder of the world. I'm glad you got to see it!

Luke said...

Nice capture of something so...colossal!

Sidney said...

Great images...nice info...awesome building !

syel said...

i guess you made the right decision to have a quick visit here. you had a little reunion with a high school girl friend, that's sweet!

the donG said...

wow! where else have you not been to?! please feature machu pichu (hahaha... by demand)

arabesque said...

i hope you'll get to meet her eventually! ^-^
boy, am i glad you did have a stop over here.
can;t wait to see the vatican!

upto6only said...

wow i love this place. love the architectural design. i have a post card of that and i really love it :)

princess_dyanie said...

really? it wasn't part of your must stop list? buti nalang nagpunta kayo. gandaaa! :P

Deden said...

it was a very complete journey.. enjoying the great colosseum and meet your best friend.. very nice capture from that angle, looks so huge to me..

Photo Cache said...

@ GINNIE: I wanted to see it inside but the time constraints got me. I am hoping to be able to visit another time.

@ LUKE: Colossal is the right term.

@SIDNEY: thanks.

@SYEL: I really was more into the reunion than sightseeing to be honest with you.

@DONG: Machu Picchu is my #2 on my list of must see's (first is galapagos island), wishing I can go and see it someday.

Photo Cache said...

@ARABESQUE: that's the good thing about the buses itinerary you get to see as much as you can, hitting all the spots, now it's up to you to stop or not.

@upto6only: I was pretty thrilled to see it. I only seen it on calendars b4.

@princess dyanie: I know but we had to prioritize Vatican kasi very short in time.

@DEDEN: thanks.

Charles Dastodd said...

Beautiful pictures!!!

George said...

You got wonderful photos of the Colosseum. I haven't been to Rome, but I have been on bus tours that did offer a glimpse of places I wouldn't see otherwise.

dodong flores said...

Nice photos here. The write-up is informative too.

dodong flores said...

I hope I can visit this place too in my lifetime...

Standley said...

Beautiful captures. I have visited the one in Tunisia at El Jem and this is a fantastic place too!

Pietro said...

Beautiful images! St. Peter's Basilica is so grandiose and unforgettable!

docgelo said...

i am drooling with envy with your pictures in rome! no one has ever been to europe among my family except for my youngest brother who was a former costa atlantica crew.

i swear i'd like to walk the tour of da vinci code in rome! wish to bring my family there one day..i have to work my ---off to earn, save and hail to europe! venice and paris please....

Louis said...

Do you ever stop travelling? Lucky you. And I thought that boat cruises are only for old people. It looks exciting in your reportage. Great pictures amongst them.

bw said...

amazing how they manage to preserve this over the years. I visted this place 20 years ago and tourists are still flocking daily :)

indicaspecies said...

Would like to hear if you also went to the awesome Sistine Chapel. I did, about ten years back and the memories are still fresh in mind. Have a lovely day.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

No one dares to miss the Colosseum - as iconic to Rome as the Eiffel is to Paris. And this is as old as Rome itself.

Linnea W said...

Your shots of the exterior are beautiful. I've never been there in person, but hopefully one day I'll see in. I like that they have so many entrances...that is smart since I'm sure it's one of the most popular sights in Rome...But hey, you can't see everything! Can't wait to see shots of the Vatican.

the donG said...

im sure some creepy stories can be remembered when one is inside the coloseum. still an important historical structures.

Heart of Rachel said...

It's an amazing and massive structure. Its name befits it.

Euro Travel said...

you seem to had a great time in Rome! nice shots!