The Roman Colosseum and a School Project

The Roman Colosseum is one of the Seven Wonders of the world and exalted to be one of the most lofty structures ever built. When I was at school, as a part of a history project, I had resolved to build a model of the Colosseum which back then was another historical monument I had to mug up about. As we studied the structure, the windows, the shape of the ruins, the more monumental the DIY project became! I remember several failed attempts at making a simple model of this building which included foolish attempts at cutting up a bucket to get the round shape, curling up a cardpaper which looked too one dimensional, using all kinds of thermocol to no avail, creating moulds that would not break for a POP model and finally using the brilliant technique of paper mache to create that three-dimensional structure that wouldn’t collapse with a breeze! And ever since then, I have wondered how they built the real thing so well! And I guess, that little school project was one of the reasons why I always wanted to visit Rome!

But, well, onto the real thing, when we were at Rome, we wanted to save the best for the last (or a Free Sunday) to see this amazing structure. We scheduled our visit on the first Sunday of the month to gain free access to the Colosseum. Worrying about snaking long lines, we hurried to the Colosseum, a few stones throw away from our apartment bright and early and were at the gate at 8 am where people had started lining up already. 20 minutes later, we were inside after all the free ticket and security formalities were completed. We took the audio guides for the Colosseum to understand points in the building.

About an hour was enough to see the inside of the colosseum. Although much of the middle portion is in ruins, it was still interesting to imagine the gladiators of the days that are past enter make their dramatic entries into the field where the blood of many a brave man was shed. Scenes from the movies on Gladiator obviously came to mind listened to the roar of the lions and the shrieks of the victims.

We went around for about an hour, took some nice pictures and were out on our way to the next stop not before we saw the serpentine lines and thanked our stars we were well on time to see the greatest highlight of the city and the country.

Alongside the Colosseum are other historical structures – the Roman Forum and the Palatine hill.  Well, those are another story to tell. So will leave you with a few pictures of this truly wondrous structure.

The Roman Colosseum


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8 thoughts on “The Roman Colosseum and a School Project

  1. Stunning beauty of the edifice! Plan to see this by the end of this year:)

  2. Nisha

    Rome has a special place in my heart. The Colosseum had made me cry. 😦

    • It is quite inspiring.. One of my most memorable Rome moments was the first glimpse of this structure.

  3. Milind

    Yes. I still remember struggling along with you to create the Colosseum for the school project.
    Now that you have seen it yourself, can you make a better model?? 🙂

    • Haha.. Don’t know if I can make a better model, but I can got a good one now from one of those cool souvenir shops

  4. Childhood projects were a great leveller. I had tried to reproduce a Charminar and the result was worse than a caricature of the monument. I do share your enthusiasm with Rome. Julius Caesar was the first play of Shakespeare I had read and I was not more than ten. No, I was quite unlike the clown who recites Anthony’s famous speech in Arundhati Roy’s God of Small Things.

    Those are rally nice exposures of the Colosseum, they present fantastic perspectives of the famous ruins.

    • Some Childhood impressions certainly remain etched in memory to want to see the real thing if it is possible. And what better than books to do that..

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