Amphitheater of the Three Gauls (Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules), Lyon

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The Amphitheatre of the Three Gauls of Lugdunum 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. In 1961, it was classified as monument historique.
First buildingThe amphitheatre was built at the foot of the La Croix-Rousse hill at what was then the confluence of the Rhône and Saône. An inscription on one of the blocks found in 1957, priest of Rome and of Augustus, his son and grandson built this amphitheatre and its podium at their own expense''. This dates the building to 19 A.D. The figures who financed its construction belonged to an old Gallic family in Saintes which had held Roman citizenship since the Gallic Wars and also built the arch of Germanicus there. The curious formula "filii f(ilius)" perhaps derives from a wish to affirm the antiquity and continuity of the family's lineage, as on the arch of Germanicus, which names Rufus's ancestors.
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Amphitheater of the Three Gauls (Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules) Reviews

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  • My husband and I took the tram up the hill to the Amphitheater for a bit of sight seeing. We arent hugely into roman ruins but it was cool to see this, very picturesque . I’ve added some photos...  more »
  • I love visiting Roman ruins and the Theatre in Lyon is fabulous but this is disappointing. There is little to see and the area is closed off with fencing so hard to be enthused with this one...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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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