Posted by: Johan Normark | May 14, 2009

The new Seven Wonders of the World – Colosseum

Another building worthy its position on the list is the Colosseum in Rome (although I would have preferred Pantheon instead, but it is probably less well known). I went there in January 1994. Colosseum was originally called the Flavian Amphitheatre, named after the Flavian emperors who initiated, finished and modified the construction (Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian). It took 8 to 10 years to build.

This 48 m high building had a capacity for 50,000 spectators. Some of the seats are still visible, but most of them were in perishable material and these were located high up. The location of the spectator’s seat reflected his/her status.


This is a modern spectator, a Swedish tourist, of lowly status I assume.


In some ways the amphitheatre had better security than many modern stadiums (not for the gladiators of course). There were 80 entrances and people were directed along these passages.


The arena consisted of a wooden floor covered by sand (arena in Latin). This floor covered the hypogeum that we see today. This is where gladiators and animals awaited the fight. It is believed that the arena could be flooded by water from a nearby aqueduct to set up sea battles.


Only one “new wonder” left and it is a Maya site. I can say right now that I do not think Chichen Itza is one of the seven wonders of the world.



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