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. Before you head to Paris, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Paris road trip planning website , to make sure you see all that Paris has to offer, including Arenes de Lutece.
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  • I do not recommend going specially to visit this site. For my was a pleasant surprise in the middle of a hike I went to read plaque that has the city of Paris in each historic site and discovered that entering through a door "common" one was with an amphitheater that had been discovered in an excavation and It was of Roman origin. Today it is a space in the heart of an Apple, which is beautiful. also there are people playing bowls and many tourists that come to know the place.
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  • The Arènes de Lutèce is effectively hidden away in the 5th arrondissement and lacks signage, so finding its primary entrance was not an easy task. The place is loaded with history. You can very well i...  more »
  • Quiet and boring to us. We walked around a bit, sat in the sun but that was it. I guess you need to be more interested in history.  more »
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  • Roman era's memorial. Although local government has not preserved it as like it should be. But its a good place to visit who want to have some time to take rest. Calm and cool place. Kids playing around soccer, some enjoying walking and some like me getting drowned in history of the place.
  • Kids playing soccer, locals playing pétanque. To sit and enjoy the sunlight at the end of an afternoon walk. Great to bring the kids and enjoy a little playground. Clean public wc.
  • My favourite hidden secret to show friends and family visiting me. Who knew Paris had Roman ruins? Les Arenes du Lutece is the perfect place to hang out for a picnic *visit the Market at Place Monge Wednesday Friday or Sunday and grab sauccison, fruit, cheese, a crusty baguette, and a bottle of wine- and live like a Frenchy. Make sure to go behind it and check out the lively little playground and garden.
  • Do you know how "Paris" was called during the Gallo-roman period? That was one of the interesting things that I learnt about Paris, reading its history in antiquity--that of more than 20 centuries ago. Paris was known in antiquity as Lutetia (more fully, Lutetia Parisiorum, "Lutetia of the Parisii"). The Arènes de Lutèce are among the most important remains from the Gallo-Roman era where I came to see today. Constructed in the 1st century AD, this amphitheater must have seen thousands of men and women, watching particularly the gladiators! It's one of the rather less-known places of Paris though.
  • The amazing thing about Paris is how it can have a huge, mostly-preserved Roman arena sitting in a quiet neighborhood and almost no one goes there. In a city like this, this monument is just a municipal park, and almost an afterthought; whereas it would be the crown jewel of many other cities. It is a quiet, contemplative place where the locals lounge on benches.

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