This is the Roman Forum. My group discussed this, and as you can see, we weren't exaggerating on its grandeur. I was standing at about 2-3 stories when I took this picture, and the columns directly in front were a few stories higher than me. I can only imagine how amazing it must have looked during its heyday.
Perhaps one of my favorite structures, the Colosseum has definitely lost some of its grandeur. The facade has become blackened by the fumes of passing cars, and much of its original material has either been stolen or broken from earthquakes and vibrations. The small holes you can see on the outside are the pegs in which much of the marble would have been placed.
However, the inside is completely awing. You can see the similarity between current stadiums and the original. If you look right above the solid platform to the left, a lone set of seats remain untouched. They are the only seats that remain in marble, and have been sitting there for hundreds of years. Of course, the coolest part of the Colosseum is the floor. The intricate paths and tiny chambers contained wild beasts as well as prisoners. The floor itself was sand-based to absorb the blood spilled during fights, as well as to hide the trapdoors for any surprise attacks. As Joey talked about in class, the Romans could also flood the flooring and have naval fights. For a society obsessed with blood-sport, the Colosseum definitely fulfilled their interests.