Toulouse Roman Amphitheatre

Toulouse, France

The amphitheatre of Toulouse-Purpan is constructed on a filled structure, unlike those in Arles, Nîmes, and the Colosseum in Rome, where a hollow structure composed of vaults and pillars supports the tiers. The cavea (the rows of seats intended to receive the public) is fifteen meters wide. This area is separated from the arena by a wall and bound at the outside by a high wall covered in brick. The cavea is divided into equal segments compartmentalized by twenty-three arched horizontal corridors, the vomitoria.

The main entrance to the amphitheatre is located to the north of the arena and is 4.20 meters wide. The arch reproduces the height of the curved vault, which once covered the entry passage. The almond-like arena is sixty-two meters long by forty-six meters wide. Underneath this surface lies an underground network of drains, which leads to a vast ruined well in the center. This well catches the rainwater and allows for the rapid drainage of the arena, even today.

Abandoned at the end of the fourth century, the amphitheatre came to serve as a quarry. In this manner, the monument was completely stripped of its brick facing.

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Founded: 40 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Titia Koala (12 months ago)
It's nice to have such ancient heritage in Toulouse! Good on the other hand you have to have a little imagination to visualize how it could be at the time ...
benoit mignot (14 months ago)
The place is superb .... by cons we can not visit it the timetables posted saying that it is all sundays is not valid we are on July 13 the next organized visit is on August 13 on reservation We do not understand too much political change in the middle of summer In short, there is only one word to describe the state of mind DISAPPOINTMENT
Patrick Garonne (16 months ago)
Nice! Open only Sunday afternoon in summer.
Marielle B. (19 months ago)
I could tell you about it another time .... Google meant open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. And missed it was closed. It opens from May to October on Sunday I think and on Heritage Day. Thank you Google for updating
Eric Hennequin (2 years ago)
If you're lucky, you can also visit the swimming pool under an apartment building!
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