Kathy Harcombe, BBC News, Rome
This computer-generated image shows gladiators fighting in the Colosseum
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The emblem of the Roman Empire where gladiators once fought wild beasts and each other to entertain spectators. Built almost 2000 years ago, the Colosseum is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and engineering.
Now though there are fears that this mighty monument may be crumbling. Italian environmentalists have frequently raised the alarm about the precarious state of the Colosseum.
They claim that exhaust fumes and the vibrations from vehicles and a nearby subway are damaging the monument. But the Colosseum authorities say there is no cause for panic.
But there is sufficient fear over the state of the building to warrant a US$ 33 million restoration project due to begin in March.