Constructed from 72-80 C.E. under Emperor Titus, the Colosseo held up to fifty thousand spectators and is considered one of the greatest architectural achievements in Roman history.

The majority of the shows (gladiatorial, dramatic or otherwise) were privately funded by rich families to demonstrate their opulence; making it universally adored by the people of Roma.

Unfortunately, a massive earthquake in 1349 caused large-scale irreparable damage and it was left to ruin. In the mid 16th century, Pope Sixtus IV wished to make use of the remaining hulk; and resolved to convert the structure into a giant wool factory. This would help provide employment for Roma's prostitutes. Sadly, Pope Sixtus IV died before his brilliant idea could become reality.

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