1955: The Debut of a Rapid Transit Station Built Near One of Rome’s Most Iconic Landmarks  

February 10, 1955

The day after the Rome Metro was formally opened in Italy’s capital city, Colosseo (Colosseum) station became one of the five stations on Line B of that rapid transit system to begin operations. Colosseo station is located in the Monti rione (administrative division) in the central part of Rome.

As its name strongly suggests, this station is near the world-famous oval amphitheater known as Colosseum. That structure, which was completed in AD 80 during the reign of the Roman emperor Titus, was the largest amphitheater to be built during ancient times and it is the largest amphitheater still around today. In addition, the Colosseum has long been an iconic symbol of the Roman Empire and one of the Eternal City’s most popular tourist attractions. Rome Metro train passengers at the Coloseo station who make their way through that station’s main exit are able to see the Colosseum right in front of them.

Another key aspect of Colosseo station is the artwork on display in its atrium (a large open area within that building). Those images featured there include mosaics created by artists Pietro Dorazio of Italy; Kenneth Noland of the United States; and Emil Schumacher of West Germany (now part of the Federal Republic of Germany).

Photo Credit: Chabe01 (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/deed.en)

For more information on the Rome Metro’s Colosseo station, please check out https://www.flickr.com/photos/15216811@N06/5572426700

Additional information on all of the Rome Metro’s stations is available at  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Rome_Metro_stations

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