Ancient Theatre of Fourviere (Lyon)

Ancient Theatre of Fourvière, the Roman theatre is a Roman ancient structure in Lyon, France. It was built next to the hill of Fourvière, which is located in the center of the Roman city.

The theatre was built in two steps: around 15 BC, a theatre with a 90 m diameter was built next to the hill. At the beginning of the 2nd century, the final construction added a last place for the audience. The diameter is 108 m, and there were seats for 10,000 people.

Nowadays, the theatre is primarily a tourist site, but it is still used as a cultural venue. Each year, the Nuits de Fourvière festival takes place in the theatre.

The building was discovered in the sixteenth century and was wrongly considered at the time as the amphitheater where the Christian martyrs died in Lyon in 177. Sometimes regarded as a theater or auditorium by various authors (Claude Bellièvre, Gabriel Simeoni, Guillaume Paradin), the monument appeared in several texts and plans, and was eventually deemed as a cultural building.

The Odeon was built in the early to mid-second century. Archaeologists are reluctant on the date of its construction. The excavators date the building of the same period as the extension of the theater during the reign of Hadrian. It has a 73-meter diameter and a 3,000-seat capacity, which justifies its classification as Odeon, i.e. a covered building used for musical performances and reading public, less popular than the theater performances. It was also used as meeting room for the notables of the city.

 

Top tourist attractions:

France - Lyon

Place Bellecour
Vieux Lyon - Old Lyon
Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourviere
Ancient Theatre of Fourviere
Cathedrale Saint Jean-Baptiste

La Croix-Rousse
Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
Musee des Confluences

 

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