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Roman Colosseum

Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Roman Colosseum



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The Colosseum was built in 70-80 A.D. in honor of Titus, Emperor Vespasian’s son. It’s the largest amphitheater ever erected, and a gift to Roman citizens who would gather in its walls to watch gladiator fights, wild animal shows, re-enactments of battles and more. It could seat an estimated 50,000 to 80,000 patrons, but could empty in minutes because of its ingenious system of 80 entrance/exit arches, corridors and staircases.

Fun facts about the LEGO version at Brick by Brick:
·More than 6 feet long
·Design time: 120 hours
·Build time: 75 hours
·Number of bricks: 22,500
·To get the oval shape just right, the structure was redesigned over a dozen times.
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