Trip to Italy 2017: Rome – Colosseum


Colosseo (Colosseum) was truly ‘colossal.’ Once arrived, I stood dumbfounded by the grandeur of this famous landmark.  I didn’t expect it to be this big!


I was humbled by the cross that must have been erected in commemoration of Christian martyrs who perished here about a thousand years ago.  This is the first thing you’ll see as soon as you enter the monument.

Now widely regarded as the centre of Catholicism, Rome is a religious city with so many historic churches and Christian heritages everywhere. At the same time, you will also see the legacies of paganism that gave rise to the city way before Christianity. Colosseo is a symbol of pre-Christian Rome, and this gigantic cross reminded me of the countless deaths and perseverance during the historic change from one faith to another.  Think of the stories from Quo Vadios, Ben Hur, and the Acts from the New Testaments!




Once inside, no single shot could contain the entire venue, and no word could express my thrill of standing in this symbolic monument.  How could have this ancient stony structure lasted for so long?


I wished I could have walked along the corridors that had been trodden by gladiators.


What was it like to stand at the centre of a historic city throughout a millennium? With Colosseo at its heart, Rome feels like a transcendent and timeless city where antiquity and modernity are still breathing alive together.