Colosseum stonework detail

Walking around the Roman Colosseum is a fantastic experience that I can recommend to anybody, but on closer inspection the structure it is far from perfect! The above photograph shows a close-up of such a detail. This building is coming up to 2000 years old so we can forgive this, but it wasn’t something I had expected from browsing hundreds of photographs of the amphitheatre before I saw it in the flesh. There are dramatic looking cracks like the ones pictured even at the bottom of the structure. This is to be expected when you read the history and how many earthquakes that the structure has gone through.

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