Marvel at the ruins of one of the largest amphitheatres in ancient Roman Gaul, first built in 15 BC.
Lyon was once known as the Roman settlement Lugdunum, and the city’s fascinating history has been well preserved. Visit Fourvière hill and marvel at the ruins of one of the largest amphitheatres in ancient Roman Gaul, first built in 15 BC and then expanded in the second century. Poetry readings, musical recitals and plays were performed here, as well as in the smaller odéon next to it, to audiences of up to 10, 000 at a time. Today it is mainly a popular tourist site - and a scenic spot to have a picnic - but also where the Nuits de Fourvière Festival is held every summer. To find out more about Lyon’s ancient history, be sure to visit the Musée Gallo-Romain right next to the amphitheatre.
Théâtre antique de Fourvière
17 Rue Cleberg, 69005 Lyon
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