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Arènes de Lutèce

Arènes de Lutèce is now a graden bur is the remains from the Gallo-Roman era in Paris. The amphitheatre at the heart of the gardens once sat 15,000 people and was home to fighting men and animals.

Address: Rue Monge, rue de Navarre or rue des Arènes, 75005, Paris France
Area: Latin Quarter and South
Arrondissement: 5th
Opening times: Summer 9am-10pm daily. Winter 8am-5.30pm daily.
Transport: M° (Metro) - Jussieu (M7 or M10) Cardinal Lemoine (M10) or Place Monge (M7); Bus - 47
Entry Cost: Free of charge

History of Arènes de Lutèce

Built in the late 1st century AD and in service until the end of the 3rd century AD, this building was intended for fighting men and animals and was most likely used in performances of drama. It could up to 15,000 people . At that time, the arena was the only gaming center in the small town of Lutetia (ancient name for Paris). Over the centuries, the amphitheater became a burial ground, then disappeared into the memory. Completely forgotten during 1500 years they were rediscovered in 1869, when new streets were planned and diggings ordered. However, it took until 1917 to see it restored to its original state. Today, the arenas are devoted to games, but instead of gladiators, it's with balls.