The Circus Maximus Rome- What you need to know
More than 600 metres in length and about 140 metres wide, the Circus Maximus was the largest building for public events and shows of all time. Legend has it that the Circus Maximus was also associated with the birth of the city when the infamous Rape of the Sabine Women occurred during the games held in honour of Consus. The Circus Maximus, like so many other buildings in Rome, was destroyed several times by fire and then rebuilt in the Domitian-Trajan era; much of the structural work of that time still survives.
A number of Emperors were to then make further changes to the structure, as is apparent in parts of the walls, and to the decoration such as the sumptuous obelisk that Constant II brought back to Rome from his conquests. The obelisk is now in the Lateran.
The Circus Maximus was used until the sixth century after Christ when Totila, King of the Ostrogoths, watched the final games.
The Circus Maximus Rome at a Glance
When to visit: Everyday
Opening hours: 24h
Ticket Price: Free
Directions: Via del Circo Massimo
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