Most people know that Paris is old but many don't realize how old it really is. If you know where to look you can still find pieces of history scattered throughout the city. One great example of this are the ancient Roman Les Arènes de Lutèce amphitheater that is located right in the middle of the city.
Constructed in the 1st century AD, this amphitheater is considered the longest of its kind ever constructed by the Romans and it could once seat 15,000 people—but now most visitors (and many Parisians) have no idea its there. Now the gladiators and wild animals have been replaced by people haveing leisurely picnics.
So if you want some peace and quite from the hustle of the busy Latin Quarter or you want to check out one of the oldest structures in the city, head to Les Arènes de Lutèce.
The Arènes are open from 8:30 to 5pm during the winter, and from 8:30 to 10pm during the summer.
Métro: Cardinal Lemoine (line 10), Jussieu (lines 7, 10), or Place Monge (line 7).
Bus: Place Monge (line 47), Jussieu (lines 67, 89).
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