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Rome’s Colosseum slanting to the south

Apparently Rome’s ancient Colosseum, which I was lucky enough to visit a few weeks ago, is slanting about 40 cm to the south.

Professor Giorgio Monti, from La Sapienza’s construction technology department, warned there may be a crack in the base below the amphitheatre.

“The slab of concrete on which the Colosseum rests, which is like a 13-metre (yard)-thick oval doughnut, may have a fracture inside it,” he told the newspaper.

He said intervention could be necessary if the concerns are confirmed, along the lines of stabilization work carried out in Pisa, but he said it was too early to judge what kind of intervention would be most suitable.

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Story: Reuters | Photo: Stefano Rellandini, Reuters

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