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It's back to the future for 's Colosseum as the historic landmark's floor where gladiators fought to the death to be restored to its former glory The floor of 's historic Colosseum is set to be restored to its former glory Italian culture minister promised visitors will 'see the majesty of the monument' The £16million project will build and install a retractable arena floor by 2023 

By Archie Mitchell For The Daily Mail

Published: 01:02 BST, 3 May 2021 | Updated: 01:02 BST, 3 May 2021

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The floor of ’s Colosseum is to be restored to its former glory, it was announced yesterday.

The ground that saw gladiators fight wild animals and each other will again let visitors see ‘the majesty of the monument’, according to Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini.

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Engineering firm Milan Ingegneria has won a £16 million bid to build and install a retractable arena floor, with the project set to be completed in two years. 

Rome's historic Colloseum is to have its floor replaced in a project set to cost at least £16million

's historic Colloseum is to have its floor replaced in a project set to cost at least £16million

The original floor had been replaced in the 1800s when it was removed for an archaeological dig to take place

The original floor had been replaced in the 1800s when it was removed for an archaeological dig to take place

Mr Franceschini said: ‘In 2023, we will have the splendour of the Colosseum with its arena again.’

The amphitheatre once had a sand-covered wooden floor on top of a network of tunnels and fighters’ waiting rooms.

The floor was removed in the 19th century so architects could excavate the levels below it. It was opened to the public to see the underground area in 2010 and the new stage will be able to cover or uncover the underground networks.

The stage will also be able to host cultural events, Mr Franceschini said.

A gladiatorial fight in Rome's Colosseum, as depicted in 'Pollice Verso' an 1872 oil painting by France's Jean-Léon Gérôme

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