Colosseum (aka Colosseo, Coliseum or Flavian Amphitheatre) Rome, Italy - The Colosseum is built of concrete and stone in the very center of Rome, just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under emperor Vespasian in 70-72AD and was completed 8 years later by his son and successor Titus. It is believed to have had an average audience of 65,000 watching various public spectacles, such as gladiatorial contests, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments, and dramas. It is believed the name Colosseum to be derived from a colossal statue of Nero closeby. Construction of the Colosseum was funded by the spoils taken from the destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD. It is also believed around 100,000 Jewish prisoners were brought back to Rome and used as part of the workforce needed for construction. The Colosseum receives millions of visitors each year, it's one of Rome's most popular tourist attractions. The Pomegranate on the left is a sculpture called Germination by Giuseppe Carta.
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