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Colosseum original illustration in pen and ink and watercolour by Rosie Brooks

Colosseum original illustration in pen and ink and watercolour by Rosie Brooks

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The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an ancient amphitheatre in the center of Rome, Italy. Built almost 2,000 years ago, it is one of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks in the world.

The Colosseum was built between 72 AD and 80 AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and his son Titus, and it was used for various public spectacles, including gladiatorial contests, mock sea battles, and animal hunts. The amphitheater could hold up to 80,000 spectators and was one of the largest structures of its kind in the ancient world.

Over the centuries, the Colosseum has been damaged by earthquakes, fires, and looting, but it remains a symbol of ancient Rome and a testament to the ingenuity and engineering skills of the Romans. Today, the Colosseum is a popular tourist attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can take guided tours of the amphitheater and explore the underground chambers and passageways where gladiators and wild animals were once kept.

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