The Italian government has approved a proposal to install a new floor in Rome’s ancient Colosseum, allowing tourists to stand where gladiators once fought.
The winning design for a new floor for the Roman Colosseum — planned to be ready for 2023 — will cover the exposed subterranean chambers and give visitors a better sense of what it was like to stand in all those years ago. https://t.co/wMbLmSxP4S
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Culture Minister Dario Franceschini revealed the plan to build a wooden retractable base. Milan Ingegneria, an Italian engineering company, was awarded the 18.5 million euro (£16.1 million; $22.2 million) contract to build the floor. By 2023, the floor should be completed.
The 2,000-year-old monument currently lacks a base. Archaeologists removed it in the 19th century, revealing the underground network of tunnels where gladiators and animals were kept prior to the Roman blood sports. The “extraordinary” new floor, according to Mr Franceschini, will allow visitors to “see the glory of the Colosseum” from its middle.
Mr Franceschini said, “It’s another step toward restoring the arena, an ambitious project that will help in the restoration of archaeological structures while returning the Colosseum to its original picture.” Cultural activities could be conducted in the Colosseum once the floor is returned to its former glory, according to the minister.
Milan Ingegneria was one of ten firms that responded to the Italian government’s request for proposals for a new floor for the Colosseum in 2020. Hundreds of wooden slats that can be rotated will be installed as part of the winning design, allowing natural light and air into the underground chambers.
The new 3,000-square-meter (32,300-square-foot) floor, according to Italy’s culture ministry, would be fully reversible if proposals for a new design are made in the future.
The Colosseum is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
The Colosseum was the Roman Empire’s largest amphitheatre. Gladiatorial battles and other public spectacles drew audiences of at least 50,000 spectators. The Colosseum remains one of Italy’s most prominent attractions, despite the coronavirus pandemic limiting tourism. In 2019, the monument drew around 7.6 million visitors before the pandemic struck.
The Colosseum, known as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is located in Rome, the capital of Italy. This huge building was founded by the Roman emperor Vespasian and later built by his son Titus in 80 AD, eventually completed by Titus’ brother Domitian.
The history of the ancient Colosseum
The Colosseum was built during the time of the ancient Roman Empire as an elliptical theatre in the centre of present-day Rome, Italy. This theatre or amphitheatre was the largest building of its kind in the period of the ancient Roman Empire. The Colosseum, which literally means “great place,” has 50,000 seats and 80 entrances and exits.
The Colosseum is an oval theatre or amphitheatre in Rome, Italy, completed in the 1980s. The Colosseum has a capacity of 50,000 to 80,000 people and was used in the past to fight gladiators as a means of entertaining spectators and to display some executions (such as execution by releasing wild animals).
The emperors created a fun show for the people by creating battles between slaves and gladiators, which, of course, resulted in the death of more than 400,000 people and a million animals in the end. The Ancient Colosseum attracts more than 7.4 million visitors a year, and parts of it have been destroyed due to pollution and earthquakes and are currently being restored.