THE ARÈNES DE LUTÈCE
Explore : The Arènes de Lutèce, in the heart of the 5th Arondissement of Paris are situated at 49, Rue Monge, only 2 minutes on foot from St Christophe.
This Gallo-Roman amphitheatre was built in the First Century A.D. It was the setting for a variety of activities including gladiator fights. The stage was enormous, forty meters long and the Arènes could accommodate around fifteen thousand spectators.
The Arènes were still in use in the Second Century A.D. After this date, we have little information until the Sixth Century when Chilpéric had the structure repaired and the savage combats between man and beast were replaced by more conventional amusements.