Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inside the Colosseum of Rome

A column top inside the Colosseum - Rome , Italy
Wandering the halls below the the seats of the Colosseum I came upon this beautiful column topper.

Most people assume that the Colosseum is in it's current shape due simply to the passage of time. But when the Roman empire fell, it's society collapsed. There was no government any more and after a while the locals lost any reverence they had for the magnificent structures of the time. Why go all the way to the quarry when all this stone is going unused right here, They began scavenging stone from where ever they could find it. Specifically marble, which included the expensive seats and the columns of the Colosseum.