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Roman Theatre of Orange, Orange

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Roman Theatre of Orange was built early in the first century CE, and today hosts the Chorégies d'Orange, a summer opera festival. This is one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the Julian colony of Arausio, which was established by the soldiers of the second legion. UNESCO declared this a World Heritage Site in 1980. It is famous for varied dramatic forms, such as mime, pantomime, poetry readings, and attelana, a kind of farce similar to the commedia dell' arte. Roman audiences, who were allowed to attend free of charge, were fascinated by the spectacular and elaborate sets. The theater was originally used as a distraction for the colonies, to discourage them from political action. Add Roman Theatre of Orange to your Orange travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Orange vacation generator.
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  • It is something you must see. Incredible that it was built 2000 years ago. Take the audio guide with you, that you dont miss any details.  more »
  • This Roman theater is the largest and best preserved. It is quite immense so be prepared to climb a lot of stairs if you want to reach the top. The acoustics are a marvel!  more »
  • Not only was this place a UNESCO world heritage site. This is only one of three theaters in the world still standing. It was remarkably built in 100 A.D. they've renovated it and they have various sho...  more »
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  • Best Roman theater in Europe! The audio tours are surprisingly informative and it has some unique multimedia presentations.
  • It's incredible how well preserved it's the building . It's totally worth going inside and getting lost throughout the maze of stairs, tunnels and corridors. Beautiful scenae and impressive Stage Wall outside.
  • Amazing place if you have the occasion to see a concert in this place do not hesitate !! Well conserved. No bar inside.
  • Attended a performance here while on vacation. Found the tickets to be very reasonable as we sat at the very top center. If you are able to manage the very dangerous stairs - it's well worth the effort. DO NOT attempt them if elderly or small children. My son was 10 and was fine until he dozed off during the show and we had to negotiate the previously charming steps going down! The views, the sunset the history all make this location a must see if you're in the area. Plenty of restaurants within walking distance for a bite before a show.
  • A remarkable Roman era historic site. Be prepared for lots of climbing if you visit here.