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. To visit Roman Theatre of Orange and get the most from your holiday in Orange, create itinerary details personal to you using our Orange trip planner .
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  • October 5, 2017
    One of the best preserved example in Europe. Audio guides available in many languages including English. Parking nearby was not a problem although the payment machine did not accept cards. Video shows...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    Don't miss it! I can't add anything to previous reviews except to say do visit the exhibits in the rooms off the inner tunnel. Good old pictures of the theatre are used in them and some good historica...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    So glad we stopped to visit. Amazing beautiful, impressive. Audio tour is informative about the structure and time period, role of Romans in the area.  more »
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  • September 8, 2017
    We were on a walking trip in Orange and stopped here. It is beautiful and if I lived closer I would certainly go to one of the live events. Stone seating areas so you would need to take a cushion! One of our group performed a poem as we walked up the stairs to see what sound was like. Fabulous.
  • August 31, 2017
    The most well conserved Roman theatre of France and one of the best attraction of the south france. The audio guide explain everything very clearly and fast but there's the possibility to listen to very interesting insights!!
  • August 14, 2017
    A must see in this area. The Roman stage wall is magnificent and the best preserved example of its kind. The audioguide is free in a variety of languages, including English, and is really good. The tickets also include the museum across the road which is small but also good and is definitely worth getting the audioguide round as well.
  • October 6, 2017
    Mindblowing - totally worth the entrance fee. Great little restaurants all around the theatre
  • August 9, 2017
    Just superb. The Colosseum in Rome is more impressive because it is bigger, but the detail here and the back wall here are beautiful. The free audio guides are excellent.

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