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Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain, Lyon

Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain, Lyon (must see)

There are a lot of interesting vestiges of ancient Lyon to visit and one of the best of them is the Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain at the foot of the Croix-Rousse Hill.

The theatre, which was first built in around 19AD, during the reign of Emperor Tiberius, was also called the Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules, as one of its purposes was to serve as a federal sanctuary of the Three Gauls. Each tribe was represented, which helped keep them loyal to the Roman emperor.

Other than that, the theatre was used as were all such places in Roman times – as a place of entertainment. Plays were put on and famous battles or important events were acted out. The theatre was also used for public executions.

The original amphitheatre wasn’t very large; it had room for about 1800 spectators. The basement was made up of three elliptical walls joined by cross-walls and a channel around the oval central space.

In around 230 the theatre was enlarged, with two new galleries being added, bringing the seating area up to 20,000 places. At the end of the Gallo-Roman era the theatre was abandoned and fell into ruin, with parts of it being built on.

Archaeological digs between 1956 and 1976 uncovered the remains that you can visit today in the Jardin des Plantes.

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Sight Name: Amphitheatre Gallo-Romain
Sight Location: Lyon, France
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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