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Roman Theatre of Orange

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Address: Rue Madeleine Roch, Orange, France
Phone Number:
+33 4 90 51 17 60
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Built under Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD, the Roman Theatre of...

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.

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One of the best Roman theatres we have seen

We have visited many Roman sites, and the theatre in Orange is certainly the best one we have seen so far. As it was raining when we arrived, we had a look around the museum... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have visited many Roman sites, and the theatre in Orange is certainly the best one we have seen so far. As it was raining when we arrived, we had a look around the museum across the road, quite small, but worth a visit. We then returned to the theatre and watched the introductory film - again worthwhile. The audio... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're in the area, it's a must visit. It's the most complete Roman back wall I've ever seen. However, be aware that scaffolding covers a large portion of it, which takes away from the magic. I found the audioguide to be cheesy, but take it with you, there are some fascinating nuggets of information. The included museum across the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is truly incredible. Friends and I visited and just stared in awe. Be sure to see the video in the little theatre just outside the main reception. Gives you a great history of the place and how it has evolved and has been used over the centuries. What a treasure this place is.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Imagine sitting in a Roman amphitheater on a warm summer night listening to a concert! Worth a trip for the beauty of the place alone!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Roman Theatre of Orange is a very special Gem in the Provence Area. From the street, you can see the temple to Augustus Caeser. But it is much better once inside. Inside the stadium, you can climb all over it, practically wherever you like. Inside the concourse, there are various exhibits, including how the stadium was used over different... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really get to appreciate the importance of the theatre arts and culture to the Romans. More frequently we visit the old Roman coliseums and temples. Only a civilization also focused on plays and other performances could have built such a magnificent theatre. When you walk up the steps of the theatre, you get a great sense of the size... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this site in October so it wasn't very busy but it sure was windy. The stage itself is grand and walking up and down the bleachers was interesting because I got a sense of what it might have been like in the day to watch something here. Take your student ID card with you if you have one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

I am very pleased that they're doing their best to preserve the place. You better be ready with lots of ups and down steps to wonder the history behind the walls and to appreciate the City of Orange.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

If you are in Provence I would strongly recommend a stop in Orange. We have seen other theaters from this time but none compare. You are truly able to understand how these theaters operated. Have someone in you group stand at the bottom and then go to the top. You will be amazed by the acoustics.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

To state this is the best preserved is an enormous understatement considering that most of the others are ruins with some orchestra floor and very little else. This theater is nearly complete. It is missing the marble facade from the proscenium and most of the columns, but there is a lot there. Startling that more was not repurposed into building... More 

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