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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 Arènes de Lutèce are among the most important remains from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris (known as Lutetia, or Lutèce in French), together with the Thermes de Cluny. Lying in what is now the Quarti...  more »
  • It's not what you expect to see in Paris ! So what a surprise when you see it. It's not quit like it used to be in the roman time, but you can guess how massive it was at the time. Go have a look if y...  more »
  • In the midst of the bustling Paris near Sorbonne you will find this remnant of the past. You walk at Rue Monge in present time, but with a few steps through a gate you travel back 2000 years to the ro...  more »
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  • I visited the arena in the early evening and the mood was fantastic. There were old men playing games, children playing football and old women sitting talking on the benches. The gardens surrounding are really pretty with some statues. I sat here for a while and watched people come and go in this centuries old arena. While the ruins aren't spectacular or beautiful they are a testament to Paris' history.
  • A hidden park to rest in the sun or in the shade (according to the season or time). The ruins are not so impressive and kids play soccer in the arena. But the charm of the place resides in the surrounding woodsy slopes equipped with benches where it is quite pleasant to read and rest.
  • Nice and authentic place, but haven't seen any gladiators or lions since like.. Roman empire. Tried to check an agenda but it was posted at the entrance of forum which is demolished by some barbarians.
  • Historic. Good atmosphere. Picknick
  • The place is very well preserved and the best of its kind in Paris regarding antiquity. The entrance brings directly to the gladiators arena bringing powerful emotions. The place serves as well as public park where you can eat your lunch watching nowadays "gladiators" playing at "jeux de petanque".