The Roman Colosseum will be renovated and the wooden floor on which gladiators fought 2000 years ago will be returned. The renovation will cost 18.5 million euros and should be fully completed by 2023. This is reported by the BBC.
The project will be handled by the engineering company Milan Ingegneria, which won the competition announced by the Italian government.
The floor of the Colosseum was removed by archaeologists in the 19th century when they discovered an underground network of tunnels beneath it, where gladiators and animals were kept before entering the arena.
Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said that the restoration of the floor will allow visitors to see the greatness of the Colosseum from a new angle and return to the original image of the arena.
The renovation project involves the creation of a fully removable floor structure made of super-strong water-repellent modified Akoya wood. The floor area, built from hundreds of wooden slats that can rotate, will be 3,000 square meters. meters.
The Minister of Culture is also confident that the newly found floor will allow the Colosseum to become a platform for large-scale cultural events. In the near future, the G20 cultural summit will be held in July this year.
An interesting detail of the project: rainwater, which will be collected on the floor, will be used to supply the toilets of the most visited monument in Rome.
The Colosseum was the largest amphitheater in the Roman Empire. Gladiator fights and other public spectacles were staged in front of at least 50,000 people.
The arena remains one of Italy’s most famous landmarks. In 2019, the year before the outbreak of the pandemic, the monument was visited by about 7.6 million people.
Recall that in 2016, the Colosseum in Rome was cleaned of dirt and soot.