Arenes de Lutece, Paris

3.4
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.
Create an itinerary including Arenes de Lutece
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Arenes de Lutece Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
298 reviews
Google
4.1
TripAdvisor
  • What remains of a Roman amphitheatre is just a short walk from Place de Monge metro station - you can either enter through the park to the left of the station exit (that will take you up on to the tie...  more »
  • Today you have to reach Rue Monge 49 and enter a green painted wooden gate to find the old Roman arena. It is believed constructed in the first time of the emperor period, 1. Årh., and should be able to accommodate 15,000 spectators. It is strange to be a mixture of a Greek theatre and a Roman Colosseum. It was destroyed by the vandals in about 250, since re-opened for a time to 600, so as to end its days as a cemetery in the Middle Ages and thus filled up and disappeared. As a result of the Hausmann projects it was recovered in 1869 until the end of 1. World War II It was Excavat and restored. There are 9 niches which are believed to have been filled with statues, a scene 41 meters long and 2.5 meters tall and destroyed by the modern buildings on Rue Monge. The seating in stone is not original but two gates and a few openings for wild animals are original. Today it seems most to be used as a playground for children. It is unfortunate that so little of Lutetia is preserved-this and so the Thermes de Cluny.
    View original
Google
  • Nice place full of history... but also a place where people come to have lunch, play game,etc... Good to see but a few minutes is enough. If you're in Paris only for a few days don't bother going there you'll find much better places elsewhere.
  • It was being utilized by a fitness group,as well and some children playing football. The history is quite intriguing and I almost walked past the entrance. Google maps makes it look like an open park however it actually is behind a building and the entrance is the size of a large door.
Places to stay near Arenes de Lutece

Plan your trip to Paris

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Paris

View all >
4.6
Duration: 3​h
4.5
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 3​h
4.9
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Paris

View all >
3.8
Duration: 1​h 30​min
3.7
Duration: 1​h
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Museums in Paris

View all >
4.6
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Hidden gems in Paris

4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.7
Duration: 30​min
4.4
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h

Shopping in Paris

View all >
3.6
Duration: 1​h 30​min
4.4
Duration: 1​h
5.0
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Paris

3.6
Duration: 2​h
4.6
Duration: 1​h
4.7
Duration: 1​h 30​min
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 3​h
5.0
Duration: 3​h

Plans to Arenes de Lutece by other users

View more plans