Report: Rome’s Colosseum needs refurbishment

The Roman Colosseum needs more than $7 million in renovations, according to Italian government officials, The Telegraph newspaper reported.

“Some bits of it are falling off,” Francesco Giro, the government’s undersecretary for culture and heritage, said, according to a report in The Telegraph. The historic edifice needs “immediate restoration.”

Started in 72 AD, the Colosseum is one of the world’s most recognizable landmarks. This incredible building has lasted generations and is the best and most widely-known symbol of Rome’s past. The Colosseum could hold 50,000 people, had a retractable roof and could be emptied in a matter of minutes.

At times, the Romans filled the stadium with water to reenact sea battles for war-loving crowds. However, it is perhaps best remembered for the gladiator fights that once took place there. The Colosseum was used continuously for 145 years until it was damaged in a fire in 217.

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