Arenes de Lutece
Arenes de Lutece
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The spectacular ruins of a Roman amphitheater: a powerful reminder of Paris' diverse historical roots.
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Neighbourhood: 5th Arr. - Panthéon
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  • Place Monge • 2 min walk
  • Censier – Daubenton • 3 min walk
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  • Traveler O
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,044 contributions
    Roman Arena of Paris
    Situated in the 5th Arrondissement (i.e. Latin Quarter area), this Roman arena is tucked away and primarily known just to locals and those travelers reading more into Paris than just about the touristy sights. It's been well preserved in many respects and maintained since 1896. Dating from the 1st century, one can picture the gladiator fights and events that took place here. Would definitely classify this as a hidden gem. When thinking of Paris, one forgets it was part of the Roman empire too and still holds remnants like this from 2,000 years ago. Easily accessible via Metro Line 10 or Line 7 (Line 10 = stations Carinal Lemoine or Jussieu, Line 7 = Jussieu). The Pantheon and Latin Quarter are here as well, so it's an easy stop while exploring. Even during peak tourist season, you can easily find yourself virtually alone when visiting this site in the center of the city.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 6 March 2023
  • Ali921
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom1,493 contributions
    Locals making great use of a Roman arena
    Such a surprise that such a structure can have survived in the centre of the city. During our visit it was being used by school children enjoying sporting activities and locals just relaxing. Worth a detour and only needs about 15 mins to appreciate it all.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 3 May 2023
  • CPaM68
    Texas660 contributions
    Few tourists ever see this
    My daughter had made the sightseeing itinerary for the day and Arènes de Lutèc was on her list. I was surprised, since most of the sights you see in Paris may be several hundred years old (very old for US standards) but not ancient ruins. This 1st century AD Roman amphitheater is the oldest historical structure in Paris and is the third largest Roman coliseum/theater in France. The ruins are a reminder of Paris' diverse history, and that ancient Rome ruled this part of Europe. The amphitheater could once seat over 15,000 people and was used by gladiators as they fought animals and each other. The ruins are now in the center of a small public park and are hidden from view. You can't see it from the nearby streets, and you're not likely to accidentally discover it. In fact, I read that most Parisians have never seen it. If you want to see it, the metro stop is Place Monge on Line 7.  It is free for the viewing. (PaM)
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 February 2024
  • Thomas V
    Oakland, California16,749 contributions
    The Roman Arena
    This is where you can see remnants of the Roman Empire in Paris. This is the old Roman ampitheater, a place where events were held back then. It was lost for a long time, but unearthed during the construction of Rue Monge. Some of it is original, some re-constructed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 February 2024
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,749 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is where you can see remnants of the Roman Empire in Paris. This is the old Roman ampitheater, a place where events were held back then. It was lost for a long time, but unearthed during the construction of Rue Monge. Some of it is original, some re-constructed.
Written 20 February 2024
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CPaM68
Texas660 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
My daughter had made the sightseeing itinerary for the day and Arènes de Lutèc was on her list. I was surprised, since most of the sights you see in Paris may be several hundred years old (very old for US standards) but not ancient ruins. This 1st century AD Roman amphitheater is the oldest historical structure in Paris and is the third largest Roman coliseum/theater in France. The ruins are a reminder of Paris' diverse history, and that ancient Rome ruled this part of Europe. The amphitheater could once seat over 15,000 people and was used by gladiators as they fought animals and each other. The ruins are now in the center of a small public park and are hidden from view. You can't see it from the nearby streets, and you're not likely to accidentally discover it. In fact, I read that most Parisians have never seen it. If you want to see it, the metro stop is Place Monge on Line 7.  It is free for the viewing. (PaM)
Written 3 February 2024
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Ali921
Edinburgh, UK1,493 contributions
Apr 2023
Such a surprise that such a structure can have survived in the centre of the city. During our visit it was being used by school children enjoying sporting activities and locals just relaxing. Worth a detour and only needs about 15 mins to appreciate it all.
Written 3 May 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Traveler O
Washington DC, DC1,044 contributions
Oct 2022
Situated in the 5th Arrondissement (i.e. Latin Quarter area), this Roman arena is tucked away and primarily known just to locals and those travelers reading more into Paris than just about the touristy sights. It's been well preserved in many respects and maintained since 1896. Dating from the 1st century, one can picture the gladiator fights and events that took place here. Would definitely classify this as a hidden gem. When thinking of Paris, one forgets it was part of the Roman empire too and still holds remnants like this from 2,000 years ago.

Easily accessible via Metro Line 10 or Line 7 (Line 10 = stations Carinal Lemoine or Jussieu, Line 7 = Jussieu). The Pantheon and Latin Quarter are here as well, so it's an easy stop while exploring. Even during peak tourist season, you can easily find yourself virtually alone when visiting this site in the center of the city.
Written 6 March 2023
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,749 contributions
Jun 2022
This surprising Roman ampitheater is right in the middle of a Paris neighborhood. In fact there are apartment buildings that look out at it. It is on the edge of the ancient Roman settlement of this significant city during the Roman era. Part of it has been rebuilt in the Nineteenth Century.
Written 21 July 2022
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Judy M
Houston, TX318 contributions
Feb 2020
I love this place for its history and its convenience. So easy to get to, but hidden away if you are not aware of it being there. Don't miss it. Cool place
Written 8 May 2020
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia18,452 contributions
Dec 2019
After doing all the big attractions of Paris, this is a as well as. It is literally a hidden gem, probably would not have found it if not for google.

It is quite a big open space nestled in amongst, Haussmann buildings, there was plenty of seating to have lunch, also public toilets (free) in the grounds.
Written 12 February 2020
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,306 contributions
Oct 2019
What remains of a Roman amphitheatre is just a short walk from Place de Monge metro station - you can either enter through the park to the left of the station exit (that will take you up on to the tiered seating overlooking the arena below) or through a marked gateway on the street to the right of the station exit - and right again. Admission is free and don't be surprised if a football or basketball match is in progress when you visit. It's probably not worth going to see deliberately - especially if you don't fancy the many steps you have to climb from the platform at Place de Monge - but it's worth a quick look if you are in the area.
Written 2 November 2019
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DEngelJ
CT303 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
What is left of the Roman Coliseum of Lutetia is not much. A large circular space enclosed by walls that are not original. The entrance is on the left off the Rue Monge.
Written 10 October 2019
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Mark
Melbourne, Australia212 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I visited this Roman Arena at 9am & was the only person there. It is in amazing condition for a 2000 y.o structure & is a testament to the Romans fantastic engineering knowledge. You can go onto the arena ground or sit in the terraces. It has the animal cages & all the original statues around the outside. I grabbed myself a coffee, sat up in the terrace & just took in the spectacle of this fantastic arena.
Free to enter & an easy 5mins walk from Place Monge Station. Crowd was starting to arrive after 10am so get there early if you want to sit down in a quiet place.
Written 25 September 2019
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