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Arenes de Lutece, Paris
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Arenes de Lutece is an ancient Roman theater, the only surviving above-ground ruins from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris, apart from the nearby Thermes de Cluny. The theater could hold approximately 15,000 spectators. Built sometime in the second century CE, you can still see the location of the actors' dressing room, the platform of the stage, and the lapidary remains. The ruins were rediscovered in 1869, when new streets were being built. The theater has been preserved as a quiet archaeological park. Add Arenes de Lutece and other attractions to your Paris trip itinerary using our Paris trip itinerary builder.
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  • The facades of the buildings on the street Monge behind are open-air arenas of the time when Paris was called Lutetia. Must visit for lovers of old stones.
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  • Worth a look because of its history, but little if anything remains of the original arena except the shape. 
  • The venue was packed with people of all ages playing boules. It has a few steps where to sit to rest and see how they play.
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  • It's cool to think about the history of this place, and impressive it is still here. But if you just walked through not knowing what it was, you wouldn't be impressed.
  • This is this kind Parisian hidden place where the ambiance looks to be country side of a far village of France. Come here during summer time to play the petanque with the locals.
  • Nothing really special about this place. It's a park, some folks playing petanque. But if you are visiting Paris, really many other better things to do than coming here.
  • Not as big as I expected, but I was happy to be able to access the audience deck and watch some French kids playing football down in the arena's center.
  • Stumbled across it by mistake, it's very cute and I enjoyed the background of petanque being played in the amphitheater while reading my book in the sun :)