Thursday Doors – The Colosseum, Rome

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Terence and I went to Italy for our honeymoon in August 2001. We went on a tour for people over 25 years old and visited some marvelous places. These pictures were taken the old fashioned way with a camera that took film. I took picture of my photographs for this post. I should scan them but it takes ever so long so pictures of pictures had to do.

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the middle of Rome, Italy just east of the Roman Forum. It is the largest ancient amphitheatre every built and was completed in 80 AD during the reign of emperor Titus. According to Wikipedia, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles including animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Roman mythology, and briefly mock sea battles.

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74 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – The Colosseum, Rome

  1. Oh my goodness Roberta, what an awesome honeymoon!!! And all the doors and archways that you got to walk through………I always like to think about others who have walked through the same doorways that I have.

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      1. We’ve been to Italy 3 times and love it more each time…we are planning a trip there for next summer – a new part of that incredible country! Your pictures were terrific, thanks for sharing them with us!

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  2. Those are great photos, Robbie, and a few hundred doors 🙂

    That must have been a wonderful trip. The coliseum is beautiful. Did you also visit Vancouver (your shirt)? I’ve visited that city several times.

    Thanks for participating in our challenge. I hope you have a great weekend.

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  3. Oh, the stories these stones could tell. A wonderful collection of photos from 2001, Robbie. How far we’ve come since then. I have photos from those years, but without GPS I have no way of telling the location. That is unless I have a the background of the Colosseum! What a great place to spend your honeymoon. Unforgettable.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, I am not sure if I would want to know some of the stories these stones have to tell. From what I’ve read about these amphitheatres, some awful things happened to people in the arenas. It is wonderful to see it though, and to feel a part of the history and wonder. Terence is amazing, he remembers the names of all the places we visited, even the obsure ones, so I ask him if I can’t remember. He has a GPS in his head, along with a calculator.

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  4. What an amazing trip for your honeymoon, Robbie. I love your photos. The Colosseum is almost 2000 years old. Some ancient countries have better engineers than the modern days. I would like to visit Rome someday.

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  5. It is as if the blood of the ancient inhabitants has seeped into the soil, stone, and masonry. As we stand in the wind that still contains their dying bresths, we feel them as if we can almost reach out and touch them. The U.S. is so young in comparison.

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  6. Wow! Now that’s an incredible set of doors. And everything else–columns, buttresses, walkways, arches–the works. I looked it up before commenting–one estimate is that 400,000 people gave their lives for this structure. The place is so rich in history–built on the site of hated Nero’s palace, with the labor of the recently defeated Jews, and so many died in the spectacles there, including Christian martyrs. I’m sure it was an unforgettable day. Thanks for sharing it with us. : )

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  7. These are wonderful photos Robbie! Like postcards.

    I’m thinking of you and your family. The news reports from your country are not good. Hope you are well away from the violence. (K)

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  8. Another wonderful place, Robbie. I was lucky enough to visit Rome on a school trip back in 1979. I remember being told off by my Latin teacher for stroking one of the cats for fear of rabies at the Colosseum. I don’t remember the floor having been excavated like that, but it was a very long time ago. Remarkable history.

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    1. HI Chris, you lovely for you to have visit as part of a school trip. A benefit of growing up in the UK. Your comment about rabies is interesting. I think rabies has been more or less eradicated in Europe although it does appear in the USA and here in South Africa too.

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      1. It was kept out of the UK by very strict controls, although there was stories of it being brought in my squirrels hiding on the axels of the Channel Tunnel trains!! I know it’s here in some places – Luna gets her jab every 3 years.


  9. I was lucky to get to Italy with my husband. Most of the time though was spent in a little town, because he was actually working most of the time. We did get to Rome one day, but only saw the outside of the coliseum. We did get to spend some time in Pompeii – that was very interesting. There was a Jeopardy (quiz show) clue that showed a photo of an ‘early retail’ coffee house – and my hubby and I both said the answer at the same time – It was from Pompeii!!

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