Roman Colosseum Opens Private Territories After Almost 2,000 Years (6 pics)

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While these events are no longer happening, people still flock to the Colosseum for a nice little history lesson. Now, after nearly 2,000 years, spectators will be able to traverse the underground levels of the Colosseum that used to hold the gladiators and animals that fought in the arena.

1 Roman Colosseum Opens Private Territories After Almost 2,000 Years (6 pics)

Originally, candlelight illuminated these areas, but sunlight will allow to see these areas for the first time. This is the first time since the opening of the Colosseum that the underground areas will be open to the public.


2 Roman Colosseum Opens Private Territories After Almost 2,000 Years (6 pics)

The restorations required has taken 10 years to complete and cost an insane $25 million euros (almost $30 million USD).
Speaking on the significance of the restoration, Afonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park, told CNN:
This restoration is absolutely important for the archaeological research, because it enables us to reconstruct its history.
This was the backstage of the shows that went on in the area. [It is the location for] all the preparation, even the technology – they brought props, men and animals up into the area through a series of elevators and cargo lifts.


3 Roman Colosseum Opens Private Territories After Almost 2,000 Years (6 pics)

While this is a real sight to see, it is unknown how long the area will be completely exposed. The next stage of the restoration is to build a wooden area that would cover the underground levels to recreate the original look of the arena itself.
While we won’t see any more bloody battles take place in the Colosseum, this is a huge deal for any history buff that is hoping to really see what life was like all those years ago.



4 Roman Colosseum Opens Private Territories After Almost 2,000 Years (6 pics)

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