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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  • August 6, 2017
    This small park of the 5th to breathe Gaul d in the past, the history of paris, the parisii, the Gauls, the Romans. the Park is small, we play football a petanque. take what eat a side street monge or jussieu and come to make a snack or picnic.
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  • August 3, 2017
    A site to see even if it is fast enough or so expect of Sting's fuck ice cream. But I thought it was awesome to be at the center of the arena!
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  • July 24, 2017
    I went there with the idea of seeing a remarkable site! Arrived some rest of the arena, in the middle of the young people who were playing with a soccer ball... I don't know if it is ' has visits scheduled for this monument and that we can find other things. But if this is not the case there is strictly nothing to do...
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  • July 16, 2017
    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.
  • March 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • April 8, 2017
    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.
  • July 16, 2017
    Went for the Fireman's Ball on the 13th of July soooooo much fun

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