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Roman Amphitheatre

Amphitheatre built at the end of the 1st century AD, this arena is one of the biggest in Roman Gaul. More than 20,000 spectators could attend the combats of gladiators which have since given way to bullfights, sports events and concerts of today. The amphitheatre, directly inspired by the Coliseum in Rome, is the best preserved of the Roman amphitheatres in the world today. This harmonious ellipse, measuring 133 meters by 101 meters, holds 24,000 places on 34 different levels of bleachers around a floor measuring 70m by 38m. Design was very sophisticated, for in addition to the regularity of the façade which is 21 meters high and has two levels each with 60 arches, it also has an advanced system of circulation better than many current designs, particularly on the underground floor.

This amphitheatre was designed for gladiator combat. In the Middle Ages it was transformed into a village with two churches, a small château and more than 200 houses – until 1812! In 1840, this amphitheatre was one of the first monuments on the very first list of Historical Monuments. Today it is used for bullfights, which started in 1863, and many other cultural events.

Guided tours:
1 July to 31 August 2014; closed certain days.
Hours: every day at 11am, 12, 3pm, 4:30, 5:30pm / 10:30, 11:30, 1pm, 2pm on concert days.
Tour takes 45 minutes
Groups of 30 persons maximum
No advance reservations required.
Audio guide circuits on own.
Scavenger hunts for children.
Multimedia space on the subject of gladiators and bullfights
For groups, with advance reservations:
Workshops on warriors, religion.
Gladiator show.
Open all year long every day (except during the férias and shows).
January, February, November and December: 9:30-5pm
March and October: 9am-6pm
April, May and September: 9am-6:30pm
June: 9am-7pm
July and August: 9am-8pm


Tarif Réduit - Visite des Arènes avec audioguide
8 €
Plein Tarif - Visite des Arènes avec audioguide
10 €
Tarif Réduit - Pass Arènes, Maison carrée et Tour Magne.
11 €
Plein Tarif - Pass Arènes, Maison Carrée et Tour Magne
13 €
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