15 Fascinating Facts About the Roman Colosseum

11. Colosseum and religion

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It is widely known that early Romans were widely pagans and therefore, the place has a pagan history. However, the space was used as place for worship by the Christians. In the 1870s the large cross was removed by the Roman state because of the secular archaeology funding, however Mussolini replaced the cross back into the Colosseum in 1926 in order to placate the Roman Catholics.

12. The Colosseum has been used as a housing complex, a castle and even a cemetery

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After the 6th century, the Colosseum almost fell into disuse. The last ever recorded fight was held during 523 AD, and in the forthcoming centuries the structure was used as a workshop, a cemetery and as an area of habitation. In the 13th century, a powerful and influential Roman family, The Frangipani Family took over the Colosseum and converted it into a castle.

13. The Colosseum changes color when a death sentence is revoked anywhere in the world

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The Colosseum has been the hub of carnages, claiming thousands of lives. Be it the massacre of innocent animals, passing death sentences of criminals or a bloodbath of gladiators; the place has seen indiscriminate bloodshed. To put an end to all that violence, since the year 2000, the Colosseum changes color from white to gold, whenever a death sentence is commuted, anywhere in the world. The Colosseum was selected as a symbol against capital punishment as an act of goodwill by the authorities.

14. Performances at the Colosseum

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It is a fact that the structure was built of entertainment in the ancient days. But one of the most interesting Colosseum facts is that popular Hollywood musicians like Paul McCartney, Elton John, Billy Joel, Ray Charles etc were privileged to perform inside the historical theater.

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15. Free entry and free food

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It is said that all Roman had free access into the amphitheater, and were provided with free food during the preceding of the games. The Roman Colosseum happens to be one of the most amazing works of Roman architecture which fascinates people even to this day. Regarded as a favorite among tourists visiting Rome, this edifice will always remain a favorite of history lovers all over the world.