An external view of the Colosseum ever-glowing as the restoration phase concluded
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The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades by pollution in traffic-clogged Rome.The first stage of the Colosseum's restoration, which was officially unveiled Friday, consisted essentially of gently removing pollution's ravages on the exterior of the first-century monument with water misters and hand brushes. The monument stayed open to tourists during the nearly three-year-long exterior restoration, with scaffolding covering only one section at a time.Buoyed by the brighter look of the Colosseum's restoration, Franceschini announced that 18 million euros have been found to replace the arena's long vanished floor with one that could support modern-day entertainment, by the end of 2018 .
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