Lillebonne Roman Amphitheatre

Lillebonne, France

Lillebonne is located on the north banks of the Seine River. From the first to the third centuries AD the town, then called Juliobona by the Romans – a homage to Julius Cesar, was a very prosperous port. The relatively well preserved Roman amphitheatre (capable of holding 3,000 persons) and baths are all that remains from these times. Many Roman and Gallic relics, notably a bronze statue of a woman and two fine mosaics, have been found and transported to the museum at Rouen. The Roman town was abandoned at the end of the third century when it was invaded by barbarians.

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Founded: 0 - 200 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Philippe Emmanuel Caillé (2 years ago)
It is supposedly the biggest Roman circus in Normandy and it is indeed very impressive but you need some imagination to figure it. A pity that there no further effort to dig more and restore it
Trevor Allen (3 years ago)
Really interesting place to visit! Worth the drive. Takes about 30 minutes to visit, less if you're in a hurry. Not busy at all in September. Price was free for me.
Nick Lieten (3 years ago)
Fantastic!
Nick Lieten (3 years ago)
Very interesting and beautifully preserved theatre. Well worth the visit!
William Porche (5 years ago)
Great roman theatre and visits are free, stop by if you are near
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