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Piazzale del Colosseo
Always visible on the outside. Open for visits every day. From the last Sunday of October to February 15th 08:30-16:30; from February 16th to March 15th 08:30-17:00; from March 16th to the last Saturday of March 08:30-17:30; from the last Sunday of March to August 31st 08:30-19.15; from September 1st to September 30th 08:30-19:00; from October 1st to the last Saturday of October 08:30-18:30. On the June 2nd 13:30-19:15. The ticket office closes one hour before closing time. Closed on 1st January, 1st May, and 25th December. Admission fee.
The cornerstone of the Christian history of the Colosseum is the Jubilee of 1750. By now reduced to a marble quarry, Pope Benedict XIV decided to consecrate the Colosseum during the Passion of Jesus of that year by placing a large cross in the centre and, around the arena, the 14 shrines of the Via Crucis. The work was entrusted to Leonardo Casanova, the Franciscan Friar Minor, who, in his sermons, had prepared the spiritual climate for the upcoming Holy Year and who is the founder of practice of the Via Crucis. After the unification of Italy, the shrines were removed and it was only in 1964, during the pontificate of Paul VI, that the Coliseum became the established scenario for the Via Crucis during Holy Week.
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