The Colosseum of Rome is the most monumental and impressive elliptical amphitheatre in the world. It is estimated that its construction began in the year 72 AD, and it was here, that the Romanís desire for outrageous performance and violent entertainment were fully satisfied.
The massive interior of its oval grounds could seat 50,000. Surrounded by tranquility as though within a city wall, the Colosseum is a dominant focal point among the Roman hills. A gorge-like labyrinth of walkways and subterranean chambers descends deep into the earth, formerly occupied by gladiators, slaves and caged animals ready for the slaughter.
Global Treasures - History's Most Protected Monuments - Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Places as unique and diverse as the wilds of East Africa's Serengeti, the Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the Baroque cathedrals of Latin America make up our world's heritage. Join us as we explore one of these protected monuments.