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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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  • They are the few Roman vestiges remaining in Paris. There is much to see but if you are in the area this others visit them. Very close walking is located the large Mesquita of Paris and the market of the Rue Mouffetard. So that you can visit these three places on foot. The entry is not very visible from the street, is open to the public, is a small parquesito with the remains of the ruins.
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  • It is unusual to see this site as part of the daily life of so many young men and children who play football that way. Amazing have been rediscovered at such short notice. There in the stands did a pic nic, that was fun.
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  • I visited so that I could say that I had been to a Roman ruin, but I did not find the attraction terribly fascinating. It was not very well kept (cigarette butts everywhere) but I did find it interest...  more »
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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 :)