Colosseum – 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

Colosseum - 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

Colosseum – 3D Jigsaw Puzzle Puzzle Pieces: 131Maker: CubicFunSize When Completed: 34.3cm x 25.7cm x 8.9cm / 13.5in x 10.1in x 3.5inDifficulty Rating: 5 out of 6Made of Paper & EPS Foam Board This detailed three-dimensional jigsaw is easy to assemble and doesn’t require scissors or glue.  Approximate time to construct is 120 – 220 minutes.  Scale of model to true size is 1:550.The Colosseum or Roman Coliseum, originally the Flavian Amphitheatre, is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, Italy, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.Occupying a site just east of the Roman Forum, its construction started between 70 and 72 AD under the emperor Vespasian and was completed in 80 AD under Titus, with further modifications being made during Domitian’s reign (81–96). Originally capable of seating 50,000 spectators, the Colosseum was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. It remained in use for nearly 500 years with the last recorded games being held there as late as the fifth century – well after the traditional date of the fall of Rome in 476. Although it is now in a ruined condition due to damage cause by earthquakes and stone-robbers, the Colosseum has long been seen as an iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.  It is one of modern Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and still has close connections with the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope leading a torchlit “Way of the Cross” procession to the amphitheatre each Good Friday.

The simplicity of jigsaw puzzles is deceptive. While the concept is very straightforward – find the pieces and fix them together – there is a surprising level of mental activity required to carry out the steps needed to complete a puzzle. Psychological studies have identified a number of thought processes that are required to undertake what is in fact a complex process of identifying shapes and images and relating them to an overall pattern. More importantly, solving jigsaw puzzles is a great work out for the brain and can actually have therapeutic benefits.

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