Dark tourism can be traced back thousands of years, as it seems a lot of humans have an attraction to tragedy and death. One example is the Colosseum in Rome, Italy an amphitheater that is the largest ever built, with its construction starting in AD 72 and finishing eight years later. It could hold an average of 65,000 spectators, all of whom would view gladiator battles and wild animal fights. It was a gift from Emperor Vespasian to the Roman people and the gladiators that fought were slaves or prisoners. People would go to the Colosseum to see other people fight and die.