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Palais Gallien, Bordeaux: 5 reviews and 8 photos


Vestiges of a roman amphitheatre that once held 10 000 spectators

Its the oldest evidence of the roman town (Burdigalia) that is still visible.From this Gaullic Roman amphitheatre, une can see the monumental gates as well as the departure of some walls and arcatures, integrated in the surrunding gardens and houses. This amphitheatre was built outside the walls of the castrum. Legend (which has its origin in the middle age litterature) says that Charlemegne had buildt it for his wife Galiene, whereas in actually from the 2nd century
The edifice, which was modestly built with rubble stones and bricks, measured roughly 133 meters by 111, with an arena measuring 70 meters by 47, which are standard dimensions for a such a work.It consisted of seven elliptic coronas, divided into 64 rows by lateral walls that have now disappeared, and covered with wooden piers supported by ledgers (horizontal pieces of wood).The latter were driven into the brickwork; throught holes that can still be seen in the walls
Elliptic in shape, it was probability meant for games and for combat between gladiators.It s very similar in size and spatial organization to the arenas of Arles and Nimes
In the 7tyh century, the Palais Gallienserved as a shelter for thieves and protitutes and it was rumoured that it was a meeting place for withches, until a mayor transformed it into a public quarry during the french revolution

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  • Updated Aug 19, 2003
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