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Theatre Antique d'Orange

Rue Madeleine Roch, Orange, France
+33 (0)4 90 51 17 60
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Orange
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Ancient Ruins
Owner description: Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, the Roman Theatre of Orange experienced a real rebirth in 2003, transporting visitors back to... more » Owner description: Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, the Roman Theatre of Orange experienced a real rebirth in 2003, transporting visitors back to Imperial Rome. The new tour and the free audioguide in seven languages tell visitors about the shows and social life in the Provencal city during Roman times. In the new projection room, the film, with computer-generated images and reconstructions of shows, retraces the history of the Roman Theatre of Orange. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This always an excellent visit as part of a trip out from Avignon to Orange. This is an excellent example of a roman theatre that's still used as one today. In fact, they were setting up for a production of Othello when we visited. Your €9.50 gives you a guided tour of the venue. You're able to climb higher steps... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

What struck me as I turned the corner was the sheer size of the front wall of the theatre... 37 metres, by far the tallest building in the vicinity, and also the oldest by almost 2,000 years. Those Romans certainly knew how to build! Worth an hour or so to take the audioguide tour (included in the entry fee of... More

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I know several outdoor theaters in Europe where Opera is performed but for us the Theatre Antique is the best. Acoustic is excellent, much better than Verona; the stage impressive and the quality of the performances and the Artists outstanding. Beware when the Mistral blows, it can be agonizingly cold. Always take a windbreakers and sweater with you lest you... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

There are many arenas and theaters in Europe, but the Orange theater has a differential: the wall is still standing, and it is magnificent. The sheer size of the wall will impress visitors. Of course you can visit the whole place - the seats (mostly restored with modern materials), the galleries, the audiovisual presentations with 3D effects that will surely... More

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Ambert, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It's difficult to be disappointed by a 2,000-year old theatre in the middle of a city but the whole experience of looking at and walking around the Théatre Antique leaves an impression of something neglected and untidy. Walking up to the top of the Colline Saint Eutrope to look down on the Roman theatre you follow a path of broken... More

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Georgia, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Said to be one of the three most complete Roman theaters still in existence, this 10,000 seat stadium was built under orders from Augustus Caesar beginning in 36 B.C., 8 years after the death of Julius Caesar. Still used periodically for concerts, there were preparations underway for another one while we were there. We spent a couple of hours marveling... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

The Theatre was being set up for a concert at the time we visited, which was slightly disappointing but made me a little jealous that I couldn't be there for the concert! What an experience that would be. Audio guide provided in the entrance cost which was informative about the many varied uses the Theatre had seen and about the... More

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Russell, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The wall that forms the back drop to the theatre is in very good condition considering the chequered history of this lovely Roman theatre. The seating area is mostly a reconstruction. An audio guide gives interesting information on the history. It would be well worth checking when an opera or concert would be performed in the theatre, then I consider... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

On July 9th I attended the production of Verdi's Nabucco. The key thing I wish to add to other reviews is the need to take a cushion to sit on the stone benches and warm clothes so you can comfortably enjoy the production and the amazing ancient venue. The staff doing the ushering were also a delight! The tickets seemed... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A long time ago, when I was still in the high school, back in 1974, I had been during the summer in Le College - Lycee Cevenal International in Chambon sur Lignon, near Sainte Etienne. That was group of Yougoslaves people that through the program of exchange of students, studied in France. Once we profited to visit Orange, the antic... More

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