Colosseum's Tunnels Opening In August For First Time EVER (PHOTOS)

06/23/2010 05:49 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

2,000-year-old underground tunnels beneath Rome's Colosseum (one of the 7 Wonders of the Middle Ages)will open this summer for the first time ever, reports the Telegraph.

There are two levels of tunnels and chambers hidden underneath the arena, which were previously invisible to tourists. A system of pulleys and levers (operated by slaves) brought tigers, lions and other fighting animals up to the main stage, while gladiators waited for battle.

Engineers have spent months making sure the underground area was safe for tourists; they expect tours to start in August. Maybe Ridley Scott should go back and re-shoot "Gladiator" to mark the occasion...

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