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The Coliseum is one of Rome's most visited tourist attractions. When the coliseum was completed in 80 A.D., the opening was celebrated withh a 100 days of games. It seated over 50,000 spectators, was over 160 feet high and had 80 entrances. Public events such as gladiator fights and wild animal hunts were held with professional fighters, volunteers or people who were captured to fight. The gladiator fights were held until 404 A.D., and for much of that time, according to tradition, Christians were thrown to the beasts.

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