The arenas of Lutèce are part of the rare Gallo-Roman vestiges visible in Paris.
When the Romans ruled in Lutèce (the name at the time of Paris) the arenas held more than 15,000 people. Built between the 1st and the end of the 2nd century, they were 132 meters long and 100 meters wide. The function was double: the stage for theatrical productions, and the arena for gladiator fighting, and other games.
The arenas are open to the public daily. Visitors can see the actors’ dressing room, the stage and lapidary elements. They are also listed as Historical Monuments. A pleasant place for Parisians to stroll in the summer!