Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls

Lyon, France

The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls was part of the federal sanctuary of the three Gauls dedicated to the cult of Rome and Augustus celebrated by the 60 Gallic tribes when they gathered at Lugdunum (Lyon). The amphitheatre was built at the foot of the La Croix-Rousse hill at what was then the confluence of the Rhône and Saône.

Excavations have revealed a basement of three elliptical walls linked by cross-walls and a channel surrounding the oval central arena. The arena was slightly sloped, with the building's south part supported by a now-vanished vault. The arena's dimensions are 67,6m by 42m. This phase of the amphitheatre housed games which accompanied the imperial cult, with its low capacity (1,800 seats) being enough for delegations from the 60 Gallic tribes.

The amphitheatre was expanded at the start of the 2nd century. Two galleries were added around the old amphitheatre, raising its width from 25 metres to 105 metres and its capacity to about 20,000 seats. In so doing it made it a building open to the whole population of Lugdunum and its environs.

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Founded: 0-100 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Michel Disdero (19 months ago)
Not like in Italy, though nice in Lyon
Vaughn Stephenson (20 months ago)
Really interesting ampitheatre. When I went everything was locked but, I could still have a look through the gate. It is not as preserved as the theatre in Lugdunum but, still a great part of a walking tour of Lyon, if you want to see the Roman sights.
EJ ohta (2 years ago)
Good place, worth to pay a visit
Karl Wester-Ebbinghaus (2 years ago)
Not much to say. Old Roman ruins. Enjoy the marvellous outlook and skyline of Lyon. There is a bus station near it. You'll still have to climb up a bit. #RestaurantPiraten #LetsGuide
Amy Yung (2 years ago)
Very cool place if you know the history behind it. If you just stumble upon it you may not know what it is though. You cannot go inside (it's all fenced off) and there are no plaques or markers describing what it is. 4 stars just because such a monumental place in Christian history has been preserved until now!
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