Dimensions of the Colosseum

Gladiator at the Colosseum

Dimensions of the Colosseum

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Dimensions of the Colosseum


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The content of this article provides interesting history, facts and information about the dimensions of the great Flavian Amphitheatre. The dimensions detailed include the height, width, length and circumference of the Roman Colosseum.

Building the Colosseum

Dimensions of the Colosseum
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Dimensions

Shape of the Roman ColosseumOval
CapacityMax: 80,000 spectators
Area covered6 acres
Number of Entrances76 entrances were numbered but there were an additional four grand entrances which were not numbered
Dimensions: Height50 metres high (187 ft), equivalent to a 12 storey building
Dimensions: Length189 metres (615 ft) long
Dimensions: Width156 metres 510 ft wide
Dimensions: Outer CircumferenceThe outer circumference measures 545 metres (1,788 ft)
Dimensions: Centre ArenaThe center arena was 287 ft long and 180 ft wide. The arena was covered with 15cm of sand
Dimensions of Arena Wall15 ft high
VaultsVaults span between 80 radial walls to support tiers of seating and for passageways and stairs.
The Hypogeum (meaning underground)The hypogeum consisted of two-level subterranean network of tunnels and 32 animal pens. There were 80 vertical shafts provided instant access to the arena for animals and scenery. Large hinged platforms, called hegmata provided access for large animals
Trap Doors in Arena36
Retractable Awning - the VelariumProvided cover and shade:
  • 3  stone brackets in each of the 80 bays
  • Brackets supported 240 wooden masts on which canvas awnings were hung
DrainsDrains were built 8m (26ft) underneath the structure
Foundations
  • Foundations under the outer walls and seating were 12-13m (39-42ft) deep
  • Foundations under the inner ellipse of the arena were  4m (13ft) deep
Seating40cm width per spectator and 70cm leg room
Marble usedApprox 100,000 cubic metres
Rows of Seats60 -80 Rows of seats

Dimensions of the Different levels of the Colosseum

Level 1 - Ground LevelThe first level is 34 ft high and the Doric arches are 23 ft high and 14 ft wide.  
Level 2The second level, in the Ionic "order" or style, is 38 ft high and the arches measure 21 ft high and 14 ft wide.
Level 3The third level, in the Corinthian style, is 37 ft high with the arches being 21 ft high and 14 ft wide.
Level 4The fourth or top level is 45 ft high and had no arches.

Dimensions

Dimensions of the Colosseum
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Dimensions of the Colosseum

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