"hidden gallo-roman remains" Arènes de Lutèce - Roman Amphiteatre Tip by sachara
Arènes de Lutèce - Roman Amphiteatre, Paris: 12 reviews and 42 photos
Hidden behind the buildings and green of the surrounding park you will find the Arènes de Lutèce. The thermal baths of Cluny and this amphitheatre, Arènes de Lutèce (Lutetia), are the gallo-roman remains in the area of Quartier Latin.
The amphitheatre is a nice and quiet place to visit after a walk in the city. The first time I visited early morning there was nobody around. Other times some kids are playing or some people are sitting at the benches. During my last visit in august 2005 they were making a movie of a musicien, playing in the arena. A pity I couldn't walk around to take pictures, but it was nice to relax and sit down and listen for a while.
The amphitheater is built in the first century AD. The amphitheatre, considered as biggest one ever built by the Romans, could house 15.000 - 17.000 spectators and was used for gladiatorial combats. The arena was surrounded by a wall of a podium of 2.5M high. The 41M long stage gave also the possibility to perform theatrical productions. Nine niches were constructed for improving the acoustics. Some of the five holes under the tribune supposed to be animal cages, which could be opened direct into the arena.
The Arènes are open from 8:30 to 5pm during the winter, and from 8:30 to 10pm during the summer.
Address: 47, rue Monge et rue de Navarre , 75005
Directions: In the 5th arrondissement, just east of Rue Monge and behind L'institut du monde arabe.
Metro Cardinal Lemoine or Monge.
Phone: +33 1 45 35 02 56
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