Gennes Amphitheatre

Gennes, France

Remains of the Gallo-Roman amphitheatre date from the 2th century AD. The venue built for gladiator and huntings shows had originally seats for 5000 spectators.


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D70, Gennes, France
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Founded: 2nd century AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Matleouf Gaudicheau (3 years ago)
Très jolie
Te trompes pas de chemin (3 years ago)
L’originalité de l’endroit fait son charme, quelques ruines restent apparentes une grande partie a été ensevelie pour être protégée de l’érosion. Il est possible de parcourir le théâtre par un chemin qui suit le haut des gradins, par contre le sentier n’est pas trop praticable si vous avez des problèmes pour vous déplacer.
Arnaud Guillon (3 years ago)
Calme et reposant en accès libre.
Celine henry (3 years ago)
Un peu déçue. Lieu encore très bien conservé mais un peu perdu dans la compréhension du site. Nous trouvons cependant quelques panneaux explicatif . Parking . Mais difficulté à faire le tour du théâtre pour une personne a mobilité réduite.
Philippe C (3 years ago)
La région de Gennes a Chenehutte recelle quelques vestiges des peuplements gallo-romains des Ier-IIIe siècles qui mériteraient bien un itinéraire balisé et un pavillon d'acceuil. Ils sont malheureusement peu mis en évidence car ils ne relèvent je suppose ni de l'Etat ni de la Région. Le témoin le plus tangible est l'amphithéâtre. Mais il y a également des traces d'édifices cultuels, de deux petites villes. L'amphithéâtre est bien indiqué et facilement accessible par la D70. A part quelques panneaux il n'y a aucune infrastructure. Un sentier permet d'en faire le tour. Un parking permet d'accueillir 5-6 véhicules. Accès libre.
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