Théâtres Romains de Fourvière

Théâtres Romains de Fourvière

Théâtres Romains de Fourvière
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A remnant from the era of dominance of the Roman Empire, the ruins of these two amphitheaters are over 2,000 years old.
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  • Vieux Lyon - Cathédrale St.Jean • 6 min walk
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  • Don B
    Sharon, Pennsylvania118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tough hike but pleasant ride
    We would have preferred to hike up to the ruins but could not be sure we were going the right way, and the climb was very steep, but the streets of old town were interesting and very old. We ended up taking the funicular and it was cool. You can tell some of the ruins were restored but there was enough of the really old stuff that, if you let yourself imagine hard, could get the feel of ancient times. And of course, the view from up there of the city should not be missed.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 September 2023
  • RyCh
    Mountain View, California1,046 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Roman amphitheater
    A beautiful Roman amphitheater on the hill next to Lyon. Entrance is free and best way to get here is the furnicular to the Church at the top of the hill. It's a short walk down the street. It's amazing to think that this place has existed since the Roman times. Nearby is a museum which we did not visit.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 20 March 2024
  • StanBrynmawr
    Brynmawr, United Kingdom722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large amphitheatre and museum
    Went on the funicular railway towards St Just. Large amphitheatre which has some nice views, but seen a lot bigger and better. However the new museum is well worth a visit. Loads of displays over 5 levels. Go from the top to bottom. Impressive building.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
  • Troy S
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Roman theatre site
    Calling this Roman archeological site “ruins” wouldn’t do it justice because so much of the structures are intact. In addition to the main theater, there is a smaller odeon next to it. The site is on Fourviere Hill, just below the Lugdunum museum. For the best experience, walk around the theatres as well as go to the museum.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2024
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the_3_adventurers
Raleigh, NC378 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
It was funny to me that the basilica up the hill had a big sign in the doorway warning visitors to watch out for pickpockets ... until a pickpocket got me behind a stone wall in the Theatres Romains de Fourviere. We've visited Roman ruins all over the world, and they never fail to amaze me. This theatre is well-maintained and offers beautiful views of the city below. It's easy to imagine how people millennia ago interacted in the space. Be careful, though, as you weave in and out of the taller wall spaces, particularly if you get separated from your partner, because that's when a couple flung mud at me and started wiping off the 'bird poop.' In under a minute they'd gotten into my bag and absconded with a credit card. I've travelled all over the world and am always vigilant, but this was totally unexpected. Just be careful. Enjoy the ruins and the view, but pay attention.
Written 2 January 2020
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Turner S
1,471 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
It’s a short walk from the basilica and funicular. It’s also free! It doesn’t take long to see but it was a nice slow stroll through a very well preserved piece of history. Impressive what the Romans could build. There are great views of the city contrasted with the remnants of antiquity. And it’s free!
Written 12 October 2020
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Debbi B
San Jose, CA166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I love old stuff, and those Romans sure got around! These ruins in Fourviere are quite impressive, with both an amphitheater and an odeon. They are easy to get to via public transportation including a short ride on a funicular (which is fun!). The ruins are free, and have a museum on site as well. The museum was closed the day we went which was unfortunate as I’m sure it would have answered a lot of our questions about the site, but I’m still glad we went. I would recommend this, you can spend about an hour there exploring the site, and they have done a wonderful job of restoration.
Written 5 October 2022
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Iris E
Jacksonville, FL22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
As the others have said, I did not appreciate how Close that the Theatres Remains de Fourviere is to the Cathedral, (which you can see from all over Lyon). Best advise is to go UP to the cathedral f i r s t because the funicular will take you all the way up, AND it is open alot earlier than the 11 am opening of the museum AND then, you walk DOWN, about 3 easy streets The museum is indeed architecturally incredible - do not miss the little video that shows the construction . I wish it were on youTube or something, but it is not (according to the museum folks :( . If anyone does happen to find the video, Please, Please contact me !
Written 1 March 2022
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Helena P
54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
I had expected to scoot through the museum and spend ages outside in the ruins but it was the other way round. The museum was so full of interesting and fascinating artefacts dating from the Iron Age. Some of the finds were spectacular, such as the chariot, the entire floor mosaics etc. Allow an hour.
The amphitheatre itself was interesting but set up for concerts so the modern stage was a bit distracting. The guy at the exit from the museum which led to the amphitheatre was also rather brusque with us as we didn't realise we would exit by another means. For sure we weren't going to walk off with your headphones, mate!
Written 20 June 2022
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Jeanne H
Singapore, Singapore224 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
Like the Notre Dame, it's a steep walk to get to the theatre. However, it is a worth a visit if you will be visiting the nearby La Basilique Notre Dame. There are two parts - a less restored part and a part which has been restored to serve as an outdoor theatre. It's currently free admission.
Written 3 July 2022
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Jack E
Woodinville, WA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The theater is 2000+ years old, is well preserved, beautiful, and offers a great lookout over the entire city. The highlight of my trip through France. Supposedly they even still do theater shows there, so maybe try to catch one if you can.
Written 24 November 2022
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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
While the configuration of the seating is clear enough the large back wall of a typical Roman theater has disappeared. I liked the theater better than the nearby odeon. The nearby museum was closed for All Saints Day. The Romans called Lyon Lugdunum. Not much original is left. You can go on the stage for your 'to be or not to be' performance if you like.
Written 1 November 2022
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Curtis S
Kingsport, TN2,620 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
If you take the funicular at Vieux Lyon and go up to the basilica, it’s a short walk to these ruins that are set into the hillside above the old town section. You can wander around, over, on top of, the ruins with impunity but, be careful, as you’ll end up with more than a scrape me if you fall. Watch your kids too. Recommended
Written 15 October 2021
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Ursosarctos
United Kingdom750 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Remarkably uncrowded site, with two theatres, the smaller one tucked out of sight from the main (upper) entrance. Probably heavily restored - but there is no information on the site itself -?perhaps in the museum, which we didn't visit.
The steps are steep and difficult for anyone with mobility issues, but there is a good overview from just inside the gate: and entrance is free.
Written 4 October 2022
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