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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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  • Stroll the Latin was read in the book, but had found by chance. And an artificial Hill at the former Park on the Hill going up the stairs, but believe it or not made during the Roman era it was! Paris is a really interesting city.
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  • This ancient Roman theater was long-buried, then partially destroyed, now somewhat restored. Used by local kids as a soccer field. One of the few remaining vestiges of the Roman city which was substan...  more »
  • Remains of once the arena of Lutèce. There are no big deal. Are there a tour to say that you went and if you go to the gardens of plants / menagerie / the great Gallery of evolution, etc...
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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 :)