Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

Roman Colosseum of Rome, Italy

Roman Colosseum of Rome, Italy

The Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre, built of concrete and stone and holding approximately 65,000 spectators, was started in 72 AD, completed in 80 AD, and modified between 81-96.

When we visited in October 2008, it was a surreal feeling to stand there and envision what had transpired within those elliptical walls – over 500,000 people and a million animals died.

Even though there were hundreds of people visiting the Colosseum the day we were there, it was enveloped in an eerie quiet.

Regardless of beliefs, religious or otherwise, I remembered the sacrifices that were made on this site where I was standing, and it was a humbling experience to say the least.


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7 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign

  1. rebecca2000 says:

    I am going in the fall of 2013. I am so excited to see it.


  2. Love it! I have a photograph similar to this one from my trip to Rome back in 2008. Isn’t the colosseum an amazing place to actually walk within? Glad you enjoyed the experience as much as I did!
    – Nate


  3. poppytump says:

    I certainly feel as tho I am there – with you and your camera .


  4. Joyce says:

    Yours is the nicest picture I have ever seen of this structure. I also think you have sensitively described what my feelings would be at that site. I would join others in silence, refecting on the juxtaposition of such an architectural wonder with the mindless brutality that took place there.


  5. Debra says:

    Now at first I thought you’d pulled that photo from a National Geographic or something. How awesome that you were actually able to be there….


  6. Grandma Kc says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that is I am pretty sure I will never see it myself. It is just breath taking and that is a great picture (shared it with Grampy, too). As you said, no matter what your religious beliefs it would be a humbling place to stand and breath it all in. Thanks again.


    • Judy says:

      Glad you enjoyed it. The only thing I could compare it to was when we have visited Civil War Battlefields here in the US. There is just this overwhelming feeling that comes over you, and you feel this stillness in your body and soul. It just slaps you in the face with the reality of the sacrifices made by those who came before us. I think that is one of the huge positives about blogging – sharing.


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