Italy: Government Approves New Wooden Floor For Colosseum
The project, which is expected to be completed in 2023, will allow visitors to see this historical building, ” Colosseum “, from the same perspective as gladiators.
Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said the wooden floor will be installed in a removable way. Engineering company Milan Ingegneria will design the floor for 18.5 million euros.
The 2,000-year-old Coliseum currently has no ground. The floor of the building was removed by archaeologists in the 19th century and tunnels, where gladiators and animals were kept, were found.
Franceschini said that with the new floor, the building will look closer to its original form. Culture Minister Franceschini announced that cultural events can be held at the Coliseum after the ground is completed.
After the Italian government’s call for competition in 2020, 10 companies submitted their floor designs for the Coliseum to the government.
In the design of Milan Ingegneria, who won the competition, the woods on the floor could be rotated to allow natural light and air to enter the underground tunnels.
If necessary, the floor can be easily removed completely.
Gladiator fights were held in front of more than 50 thousand spectators in the Colosseum, the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. Before the pandemic, 7.6 million people visited this historic building in 2019.
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