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Strong atmosphere here

Well preserved and presented, this Roman building gives a good flavour of how it looked originally... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Nick W
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Hartland, United Kingdom
Surprisingly well preserved large Amphitheatre near the Charante river

To me an unexpected reminder of how dominant Roman culture was in much of France (and not just in... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Martin S
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Middletown
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All reviews worth a visit roman amphitheatre audio guide tucked away small cafe piece of history cup of coffee back in the day ticket office town centre lots of parking around the corner entrance fee interesting place little gem lovely site another couple
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well preserved and presented, this Roman building gives a good flavour of how it looked originally. You can't look at it without thinking of all the blood and misery that was represented as entertainment in those days and in this place.

Thank Nick W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To me an unexpected reminder of how dominant Roman culture was in much of France (and not just in Gallia Narbonensis).

Thank Martin S
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Simply the Ruins of a large Roman Amphitheater, no real attempt to give it mass appeal or visual interpretations and probably all the better for that. Lovely stroll through the city to find these ruins.

Thank Wendypgeorge
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Used to come here annually when my son was little. He’d talk from the middle of the theatre and it could be heard at the top 20 years later this place is just as amazing. A must visit for all in the area. Modest entrance...More

Thank traceyg855
Reviewed September 19, 2018 via mobile

Impressively large amphitheatre forms in a volley about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Saintes. A modest entry fee -4 euros. Plenary of information including in English. Rather a gruesome roman pastime watching slaves, felonies and gladiators put to death. Perhaps some light relief...More

Thank mikep318
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

My first visit although have lived near by for 12 years, a very interesting place. Very well preserved, you can imagine what went on all those years ago. A small cafe on site, which makes a very good cup of coffee, the staff are very...More

Thank 979paul
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

This is definite recommendation if you are in the area of Saintes. It's one of the most complete amphitheatres you are likely to find and it's easy to park outside the ticket office or to walk from the town. There's enough standing to see exactly...More

Thank SALOPIAN1967
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

This must be top of the list of sights to see if you are anywhere near Saintes. Very atmospheric ! You can almost sense the gladiators waiting to come out to fight! Admission only 4€ per person - audio guides extra. Highly recommended

Thank Marza55
Reviewed August 28, 2018

A bit of a walk from town,Also you have to pay to get in...It has historic value and is interesting....

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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Ashamed to say that we didn't pay to go in because you get an amazing view of the site from the road. If you haven't visited an amphitheatre before I'm sure it's well worth the 4 euro fee, but in truth we have seen quite...More

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donnarhi303
May 19, 2018|
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Response from 413betsyw | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure but I do not recall seeing any signs prohibiting dogs
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Susan S
April 14, 2018|
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Response from Sharlene C | Reviewed this property |
We walked there from our accommodation so not sure about parking. The views of the amphitheatre can be seen from the highest point near the entrance so no need to climb. Good pathways.
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janerosenfeld
January 25, 2018|
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Response from DJRDevon | Reviewed this property |
In the summer months I believe it was open from around about 9-6pm
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