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Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls
- Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls
- Alt Name:
- Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules
- Ancient Rome
- 0AD - 99AD
- Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon, Odeon of Lyon,
Lyon Gallo-Roman Museum, The Gier Aqueduct ,
about Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls
The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls, translated as “Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules”, was an early first century amphitheatre in Lyon.
Lyon was once the Roman city of Lugdunum. Whilst the city was founded in approximately 44 BC, the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls is thought to have been constructed in around 19 AD. The reference to the “Three Gauls” relates to Gaul’s main three provinces at the time, Belgica, Aquitania and Lugdunensis, and of which Lugdunum was the capital.
In the second century AD, it is thought that several Christians were martyred at the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls in the course of the campaign of persecution against Christians at the time.
Only a fraction of the Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls remains, the rest seemingly swallowed up by modern roads and buildings which surround it. What does remain includes a section of its walls, its northern gate and some of its foundations.
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Address: Rue Lucien Sportisse, 69001 Lyon, France
Phone: Contact local tourist office.
The amphitheatre is located in northern Lyon, a ten minute or so walk from Crois Paquet metro station (line C).
Open daily. Entry is free.
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