The World On My Doorstep

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A Wonderful Surprise

on November 14, 2013

postcards_3My beautiful friend Ellu sent me this fantastic card as a surprise from her trip to Rome recently and… because she’s amazing, stamped and posted it from Vatican City! Wonderful girl! So, obviously this shows the Colosseum, recently declared one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Building of this enormous construction started in 70 AD and continued throughout the Flavian Dynasty and was used for public spectacles, including, of course, gladiator battles. Yes, yes, all of our minds think wistfully of Russell Crowe in his heyday, but let’s focus on the beauty of this ancient building instead, shall we? It could hold 50-80,000 people (Wembley Stadium holds 90,000 and that was built two thousand years later, to give a little perspective) and was used until the early medieval era for entertainment purposes. Over the years it has been ruined by earthquakes and stone-robbers but still remains in pretty spectacular condition. What a wonderful card!

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One response to “A Wonderful Surprise

  1. lruthnum says:

    What a beautiful postcard! Such a treasure

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