As one of the most iconic tourist attractions in the world, the Colosseum in Rome attracts millions of visitors every year. In order to protect the ancient landmark from the ravages of time, a protective cast-iron barrier will be erected around the monument, reports USA Today.
Metal columns will be placed in a ring surrounding the amphitheater, spaced between 15 and 50 feet from the structure. In addition to protecting visitors from falling debris as the monument is restored, a major cleaning project will be undertaken to remove the layer of grime that coats the stone to improve its appearance.
City officials have expressed concerns about the Colosseum's structural integrity. A recent examination of the landmark revealed that the amphitheater is leaning approximately 16 inches to the south. Unless action is taken, the structure could sustain irreparable damage.
The area surrounding the Colosseum is also of concern to city officials. Umberto Broccoli, Rome's city council superintendent, said that illegal street vendors are crowding the streets around the iconic landmark.
The Colosseum is not the only structure in Rome under threat. According to The Huffington Post, the Trevi Fountain has also sustained structural damage caused by recent low temperatures.
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