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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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  • Good points... The beautiful conservation of the 'scene'... The feeling of being in the middle of a historical site preserved negatives Inaccessible for people who have difficulties to take action because you have to climb many steps is expected to see a lot more objects in small rooms
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  • Take the audioguide which is proposed at the same time as the ticket. Everything is well explained. The ticket price is a little high but it is paired with a visit to the Museum which is interesting. We have enjoyed the site because there were few visitors. A flat, there are pranksters who throw stones from the top of the Hill, which is very dangerous. The police were called and apparently this has happened several times.
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  • Orange was not part of our original plan to visit. However while we planned to go to Avignon, this place Orange was nearby and quiet affordable and hence we chose to add to our list. After we reached ...  more »
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  • This might be the most exquisite Roman ruin in France. The history and size of it drew me in and the museum across the street holds even more splendor, so don't miss out on that either.
  • Amazing 2,000 year old roman stadium with stage wall. Still used today for concerts. Fascinating to walk around and imagine how it must have been when built.
  • Nice place. At the moment starts long term renovation.
  • Not very impressive to me and way to expensive.
  • Fantastic old well preserved roman time period theatre - well worth the entrance feed to explore.