Rome's Colosseum is 'leaning'

Rome's Colosseum is 'leaning'

According to recent reports, the Colosseum in Rome appears to be subsiding

Experts have said the slight leaning of the ancient structure could get worse if action is not taken soon. The iconic 2,000 year old monument has been monitored by officials for a few months and initial fears of the Colosseum shifting have been confirmed.

The south side of the Colosseum is slanting 40cm lower than on the north side. Professor Giorgio Monti, from the Sapienza construction technology department, believes there to be a crack at the base of the monument: "The slab of concrete on which the Colosseum rests, which is like a 13m thick oval doughnut, may have a fracture inside it."

This news adds the Colosseum to a small list of landmarks that have become tilted. Big Ben is also believed to have leaning problems and the world famous Leaning Tower of Pisa was officially straightened when it became a potential hazard. The same alterations and construction work could be an option for the Colosseum.

Traffic vibrations from Rome's traffic-packed roads are believed to have been a serious contributing factor to the problem.

On Tuesday, Italian officials said a €25m (£19.5m) restoration project would begin in December 2012, to aid the structure. Currently there has been no effects for couples visiting the Eternal City, however scaffolding will obscure views for almost three years while restoration work takes place. Officials added that once the work has finished, 25% more of the Colosseum will be open to visitors.

Better get to the Trevi Fountain and make a wish to return...

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