Rome, Italy

Circus Maximus

Circus Maximus is an ancient stadium that was constructed and used for chariot racing in the heart of Rome. The architectural masterpiece of the Circus Maximus was designed in the ancient Roman architectural style. Circus Maximus means largest or greatest circus.

The famous tourist attraction is a large venue of entertainment that is located between the Palatine Hill and the Aventine Hill. The stadium was the largest and the first in ancient Rome and even the largest in the later Empire. Circus Maximus was constructed to accommodate more than 150,000 spectators. The stadium measured a length of 2,037 ft and a width of 387 ft.

Throughout the Roman Empire, Circus Maximus was a model for circuses. The famous ancient stadium is now a public park that welcomes numerous visitors from all around the world on a daily basis. For about a millennium, popular chariot races were held at the stadium. In the ancient days, chariot racing was a very popular entertainment sport in Rome. The idea of chariot racing is believed to have been developed by Romulus who was the founder of Rome. The chariot races in the ancient Roman days were a vital aspect of the culture in the imperial Rome. About twelve chariots participate in the sports activities. These chariots were formed into four different fractions or teams which were known as the Red, Green, Blue and White. Chariots from a team worked together to hinder or block the other racers. The fractions or teams were known to acquire amazing loyalty from their fans that went as far as staking their money on bets for their teams.

Visitors visit to see the ancient ruins of the Circus Maximus stadium. Recent excavations of the area opened up an extensive part of the original buildings of the stadium”s eastern end. Visitors can walk around the area and even look into the excavations. Some of the excavations have information boards up for you to understand what you are seeing.

There were two Egyptian obelisks at the Circus Maximus, but both have been moved to different locations today. One of the obelisks, which is the biggest Egyptian obelisk in the entire world, was moved to Laterano’s San Giovanni while the other one was moved to the Piazza del Popolo.

The ancient racetrack area is the main pack of in Circus Maximus today. It is a fun full lush green area that represents the long oval race spot. Circus Maximus is accessible via a five minute walk from the Colosseum.

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