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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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  • We hear that there was an amphitheater from the first century hidden by Paris and went in search. In very good condition and hidden inside a square you can admire this building that served as a amphitheatre for various battles of gladiators and animals and theatre. It is worth going around it because there are not many constructions of that time so well preserved. Highly recommended
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  • To a halt, a picnic, a date romantic reunion with friends, a game of football or bowls, or cache cache, complete a herbarium botanist, breathe clean air, doing yoga... the arenas are a magical place hidden by buildings. It must pass a porch Street Monge or enter through the street of Navarre. Many people from the neighborhood get together. Children have a playground for children; the biggest running play hiding in thickets; a large space in sand (where were the lions!) is perfect for football and pétanque. There are benches and bleachers to land, beautiful trees, birds... forgotten the Parisian frenzy!
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  • Arènes de Lutèce is a roman ruin tucked into a Paris neighborhood in the 5th Arrondissement. We set out from the back of Jardin des Plantes to find this site. It really is a hidden place. That the rui...  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 :)