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Colosseum’s subterranean levels open to the public

The hypogea of the Colosseum was once where gladiators and animals waited before entering the elevators which would catapult them into the arena. 


Now, for the first time in the Colosseum’s history, people will be able to tour these subterranean levels.


"This was the backstage of the shows that went on in the area,” Alfonsina Russo, director of the Colosseum Archaeological Park told CNN.


“[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."


Soon, people will have a better idea of what the Colosseum used to look like as the Ministry of Culture announced plans to build a wooden arena over the hypogea, CNN reported. The new arena will host concerts and the like. 


Pre-pandemic, the Colosseum attracted five million visitors per year.


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Published: 5 July 2021

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