Situated in the Rhone valley, 115 kms from Marseille, Orange was a place of choice for the Roman Empire, at crossroads to the north and to Spain or Italy.
The town still has its antique theater from the Roman period, one of the best preserved in the world and one of the most beautiful of Roman antiquity. King Louis XIV called it: “the most beautiful high wall of my realm”.
The theater of Orange was built during the reign of Augustus in the 1st century CE by veterans of the Second Gallic legion of Julius Caesar. It still has its stage wall with its original height, and seating for up to 10,000 spectators. It has all the features of Roman theaters with the special feature of being up against a hill.
Open to the public, the theater hosts well-known cultural events such as the lyric arts festival “Chorégies”, operas and other exceptional concerts.