Monday, April 21, 2014

TW-1227347 & TW-1227325

Iris is from Taiwan and has 2 different postcrossing accounts and on the same day she got my address twice. She decided to send me two Rome cards.  

TW-1227347, sent by Iris.
The Colosseum is largest amphitheater in the world and is considered to be Rome´s most popular tourist attraction but some of you may not know that:
* the Coliseum in Rome has over 80 entrances and can accommodate about 50,000 spectators;
* it is thought that over 500,000 people lost their lives and over a million wild animals were killed throughout the duration of the Colosseum hosted people vs. beast games;
* the last gladiatorial fights took place in 435 AD;
* all Ancient Romans had free entry to the Colosseum for events, and was also fed throughout the show;
* festivals as well as games could last up to 100 days in the Coliseum;
* the Ancient Romans would sometimes flood the Colosseum and have miniature ship naval battles inside as a way of entertainment;
* many natural disasters devastated the structure of the Colosseum, but it was the earthquakes of 847 AD and 1231 AD that caused most of the damage you see today;
* the original name of the Coliseum was Flavian Amphitheater, after the Flavian Dynasty of Emperors;
* Rome´s most popular monument was built for three reasons. As a gift to the Roman Citizens from the Flavian Dynasty to increase their popularity, to stage various forms of entertainment, and to showcase Roman engineering techniques to the world. - in:

The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century honorific arch located on the Via Sacra, Rome, just to the south-east of the Roman Forum. It was constructed in c. 82 AD by the Roman Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus' victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem in 70 AD.
The Arch of Titus has provided the general model for many of the triumphal arches erected since the 16th century—perhaps most famously it is the inspiration for the 1806 Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, completed in 1836. - in: wikipedia

1 comment:

agi said...

thats a freaky coincidence! something is a bit off with the postcrossing system lately