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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  • You would not suspect the existence of these arenas which date back to the Roman Empire at the time where Gladiators battled. And yet, there was well to Lutetia then in Paris, arenas which are very well preserved but well hidden. We must live in the neighborhood to know because they are very discreet. These arenas are the playground of choice for children and particularly children climbing, stunt, perhaps future climbers who jump in all directions on the walls, climbing walls. It's not bad too to play petanque or possibly getting together with a group of friends. Summer, a corner certainly nice because quite Woody. You can ask on a bench on the heights of the arena, close your eyes and imagine back two millennia back. Do you hear the clamor of the crowd? the roar of the lions? the heavy Grill that arises to let in ready to fight Gladiators? the master of ceremonies who announces the frame of the story that's going to play? Stop dreaming, you are already in Rome!
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  • Very close to jardin des plantes (misspelled I know). We stopped by on our way to the Jardin. Seems to have about 1/2 of the stone work I would imagine it to have had in tbe proper era. We hsve good i...  more »
  • Part of the old Roman Arena was discovered when there was excavation for the new Rue Monge in the mid-Nineteenth Century. Some confusing history followed of digging it out, destroying part of it, and ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The oldest monument of Paris (made in Paris). A quaint little spot where local gathers, most people don't even know it's there!
  • Open, clean public site. Nice for casual ball games, while hanging out and picnics is possible at the stairs. Careful with the sun - IT'S EVERYWHERE in the arena. Good for sunbathing.
  • Nice but not very taken care of. There're no signs with its historical information and there're people playing in the sand like if it where a regular square.
  • 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.

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