The Colosseum (Coliseum) of Rome, best known simply as the Colosseum, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. The structure is an oval shaped amphitheater which could seat up to 50,000 spectators. It was the largest amphitheater built by the Romans and modern stadium design is still based around this impressive structure. It was originally built to be used for contests between gladiators and other public events. Over time, it had many different uses including; a Christian shrine, a fortress, a quarry and as housing. Today, it stands partially ruined, but it is still an important link to Roman history. If you have wondered who built this impressive structure, continue reading to find out.
Who built the Colosseum of Rome
The construction of the Colosseum was ordered by the Roman Emperor Vespasian. Construction began in 72 AD, but it wasn’t finished by the time he died of a fever in 79 AD. The construction of the Colosseum was taken over by the next Roman Emperor, and son of Vespasian, Titus. He finished the building in 80 AD. The Colosseum was remodeled by the next Emperor, Domitian. He added tunnels underground to keep animals and slaves. He also added a structure to the top of the Colosseum to increase the number of number of spectators the structure could accommodate.
The Colosseum has been damaged and repaired many times. The first record of damage was during a major fire in 217 AD. It was also damaged extensively due to Earthquakes in the area.