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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  • This ruin, located in the heart of the Latin Quarter, is a vestige of the presence of Rome in the 1st century, approximately. It is estimated that the amphitheatre was used for plays and gladiator fights. Until it was dismantled, his stone was used on the city's defense walls. At the end of the 19th century the ruins were rediscovered (it had become a cemetery) and the writer Victor Hugo led a campaign to save his remains. Today there is a very nice park which is a recreational space for children and even adults. It's a nice green space to recreate in Paris.
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  • The Arènes de Lutèce date from the century I, and were used for theatrical performances and also for gladiators fighting. They were buried and so remained for a long time until they were rediscovered when the excavations for the opening of the Rue Monge. Today, it works like a huge playground. The old animal cages can still be seen by visitors. It has entrances to Rue Monge and Rue des Arènes. Hint: it can be a complement to the visit to the Jardin des Plantes, which is located very close by.
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  • 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.
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