Colosseum awning. The amphitheatre seated some 50000 spectators who were shielded from the sun by a massive retractable velarium awning. Colosseum largest and most famous ancient roman amphitheater. That is not the case with a retractable colosseo awning.
Built of travertine limestone tuff volcanic rock and brick. Supporting masts extended from corbels built into the colosseums top or attic story and hundreds of roman sailors were required to manipulate the rigging that extended and retracted. On hot days the audience might enjoy sparsiones sprinklings mist scented with balsam or saffron or the shade of the vela an enormous cloth awning drawn over the colosseum roof by sailors.
The main subject regards the experiments made in order to reproduce the system of rigging up the awning of the colosseum. The emperor vespasian who ruled rome from ad 69 to 79 began construction of the citys colosseum and his son the roman emperor. Purpose of the velarium or awning at the colosseum the purpose of the awning or velarium at the colosseum was to provide shade to the spectators.
The awning didnt extend over the entire footprint of the colosseum but instead sloped downwards towards a large central opening that made the whole canopy more flexible the spoke like rigging extending from the masts terminated in an elliptical rope that defined the shape of the opening. Though very long it is full of interesting information. To place an order in the usacanada call toll free 866 438 2964 or 866 get awnings.
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