The extravagant and magnificent Colosseum was built in between 72 to 80 A.D. This amphitheater was built in the heart of the historical city of Rome by Emperor Vespasian.
It is one of the best work of the Roman Engineering and Architecture. In the early days, this place was called Flavian Amphitheatre because of its association with the Flavian Dynasty. The emperors of the Flavian Dynasty included Vespasian, Domitian, and Titus.
This magnificent arena could accommodate an audience of 50000 people. There were many games hosted inside this arena that involved human as well as wildlife. The area underneath the Colosseum is called Hypogeum. It means underground.
There is a network of tunnels underneath the Colosseum that is distributed among two levels. This place contains approximately 32 animal pens and 80 vertical shafts. These shafts allowed the animals to enter the arena easily.
There are many stories associated with the Hypogeum, and Colosseum Underground Tour will help you in unearthing these stories. This place is not open all the time. It is opened for specific hours during specific days to retain its mysterious nature.
The tunnels underneath the Colosseum were designed by the engineers so that the gladiators and the animals can have easy access into the arena. Retractable roof, a feat of engineering, was deployed by the engineers that saved the audience from the burning heat. The tunnels contained trap doors that held animals, levitated approximately 30 feet above the ground.
There is a stream of water under the Colosseum. There are different sites available under the ground for different purposes along with access to the upper area of the arena. The flooring of the Colosseum is a work of art, and the tours can get up close and personal with it.
The underground staging location has a place which was used by the gladiators to hone their swords. These gladiators prepared for their battles here. The dungeons have a mysterious aura that can be felt by the tourists.
The underground tours of the Colosseum will open doors to the history for the visitors. The historical substantiality of the Colosseum is reiterated because of the presence of these underground tunnels and dungeons.
The place holds great historical significance regarding how people and animals were treated in ancient times. Apart from that, the amazing architecture and engineering of the Colosseum are worth exploring.