An ancient Roman theater, the only surviving above-ground ruins of the Gallo-Roman era in Paris (ancient Lutetia, French Lutèce) apart the nearby Thermes de Cluny. The theater could hold approximately 15,000 spectators and measures some 132 m x 100 m. Built sometime in the 2nd century AD, the location of the actor's dressing room, the platform of the stage and lapidary remains can still be seen. The remains were rediscovered in 1869, when new streets were being built - an excavation was subsequently ordered in 1883. The theater has been preserved as a quiet archaeological park removed from the bustle of Parisian streets.
49 Rue Monge, 75005 Paris, France
Nearest Transit: Place Monge (Line No. 7)
+33 1 45 35 02 56
Arenes de Lutece and Nearby Attractions on Map
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Jardin des Tuileries(2.7 km)
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La Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Richelieu(2.8 km)
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Atelier Brancusi(1.7 km)
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Luxembourg Gardens(0.9 km)
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St. Etienne du Mont(0.3 km)
Eglise Saint Nicolas du Chardonnet(0.5 km)
A controversial church serving as de facto headquarters of the arch-traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X, who occupied the church in 1977 and have ignored subsequent eviction orders.
Eglise Saint-Etienne-du-Mont(0.4 km)
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