See The Colosseum, Rome, Italy (UNESCO site)
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The city of Rome, Italy is loaded with ancient monuments as the designation of the city center as a UNESCO World Heritage site attests. Among the Roman Baths, forums, historic markets and the Roman Forum is found the iconic Colosseum. Ancient Rome's magnificent amphitheater, capable of holding more than 50,000 people (the largest ever built in the Roman Empire), was constructed by Emperor Vespasian 80 years after the birth of Jesus Christ. The Colosseum was the scene of deadly gladiator contests, wild animal fights and other public displays.
Tours of the Colosseum and the underground tunnels are popular with visitors to Rome. A museum dedicated to the Greek god Eros and his Roman counterpart, Cupid, is located on the grounds and is also a popular place for visitors to spend time. The Colosseum still plays a pivotal role in Roman Catholic ceremonies, including an important replication of the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday each year.
Your trip of a lifetime to Rome, Italy ought to include a visit to the famous Colosseum on your list of must-see venues insure you spend time at one of the iconic structures of the Roman Empire where much of modern day sporting events found their beginning.
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