Colosseum, Rome, Italy (I)

JUNE 2005 – The front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

It’s without doubt the most spectacular building in Rome: The Colosseo (or Colosseum). Emperor Nero had died in 68 AD, and the new Emperor (Vespasian) wanted to make use of Neros grounds to benefit the whole roman population. So he started construction works on a new, gigantic Anfiteatro in 72 AD.

Eight years later, in 80 AD, the theater was inaugurated by Titus with games and shows that lasted 100 days and nights. During that time numerous gladiators and about 5,000 wild animals lost their lives in the giant theater, seating between 50,000 and 80,000 visitors and the biggest theater of the Roman Empire. With its height of about 50 meters (164 feet) it is still an impressive building today.

The high resolution image

Capture DateJune 2005
LocationRome, Italy
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3724 x 2483 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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