Repairs on ‘leaning’ Collosseum delayed anew

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy, 30 April 2007. Photo by David Iliff. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0 (via Wikipedia)

Rome’s leaning ancient Colosseum needs urgent repairs but work has been pushed back to December. The former battleground of gladiators is tilting about 16 inches or 40 centimeters on its southern side, possibly due to cracked foundations. Site director Rosella Rea said, “It could be due to several factors: flaws in the original construction – though 40 centimeters is rather a lot for that case – or problems with the foundations.” The 3-year restoration project was supposed to start in March but was postponed to July and pushed back to December. Considered as one of the masterpieces of Roman architecture, the Colosseum was designed as a 50,000-seat amphitheater completed in 80 AD under Emperor Titus. Chunks of the amphitheater arches fell in December 2011, following similar reports of damage the year before.

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