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Photo Gallery: The Colosseum, Rome

Last year, I visited Rome and spent a few days following in Lara’s footsteps, exploring some of the “Eternal City’s” ancient wonders and archaeological ruins. Readers may recall I posted a gallery of photos of Trajan’s Market, one of the places Ms Croft visits in Tomb Raider Chronicles. This time, I thought I’d share some photos I took at one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions, the Colosseum.

The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was completed in 80 AD and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. The amphitheatre once held up to 80,000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial contests (as seen in the 2000 Ridley Scott film Gladiator), mock sea battles, dramas based on Classical mythology, and public executions. Unlike Lara, I didn’t confront any lions or hostile gladiators, just huge crowds of tourists, slippery steps and the Colosseum’s resident moggy.

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