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New Level of Rome’s Colosseum Open to Public for First Time in History

A never before seen area of Rome’s mighty Colosseum, its subterranean levels, are now open to the public. It has often been described as the heart of the building. This area was called the hypogea and was were gladiators and animals waited to go into combat.

This isn’t just the first time in 2,000 years this area has been open to the public, this is the first time its ever been open to the public.

Now tourists can walk through the passageways on wooden platforms to see the corridors and archways that connected the hypogea between the rooms where gladiators and animals waited before they entered elevators which would bring them into the arena above.

In ancient Rome the hypogea was lighted by candlelight. However now with the arena’s original ground level long gone, you can see the hypogea from the upper levels and the sun shines down into its depths.

The restoration a joint project between the Italy’s Ministry of Culture and Italian fashion brand Tod’s.

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New Mega Airport Opens in Chengdu, China.

China’s long anticipated Chengdu Tianfu International Airport has begun operating and is offering travelers a doorway to the home of their rich cultural heritage.

The very first flight, flown by Sichuan Airlines, took off last Sunday just before noon and bound for Beijing.

Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. It is third city in the country to have two international airports. The others are Shanghai and Beijing.

The final constructed cost of the airport was about 10.8 billion USD or 70 billion Chinese yuan. The first phase of the international aviation hub can handle an impressive 60 million passengers per year which will further open the country’s southwest region to the world.

There three runways and two terminals that cover a total area of 710,000 square meters are currently in operation. Local state media reported that eventually the airport will house terminals cover 1.4 million square meters and be able to handle 120 million passengers annually.