Roman Theatre of Orange, Orange

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Roman Theatre of Orange was built early in the first century CE, and today hosts the Chorégies d'Orange, a summer opera festival. This is one of the best preserved Roman theaters in the Julian colony of Arausio, which was established by the soldiers of the second legion. UNESCO declared this a World Heritage Site in 1980. It is famous for varied dramatic forms, such as mime, pantomime, poetry readings, and attelana, a kind of farce similar to the commedia dell' arte. Roman audiences, who were allowed to attend free of charge, were fascinated by the spectacular and elaborate sets. The theater was originally used as a distraction for the colonies, to discourage them from political action. To visit Roman Theatre of Orange and get the most from your holiday in Orange, create itinerary details personal to you using our Orange trip planner.
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  • When you are in the area, this place is definitely worth a visit. The audio tour really give you a good idea of what it must have been like. My nine year old daughter was very fascinated by it all...  more »
  • The sheer size of this is amazing. Also, the age and history are fascinating. There is so much preserved from Roman times when it was originally built, but yet so much adaptation and restoration in...  more »
  • Beautiful theathre, wonderful acoustic. It gave a special feeling to listen to a concert here. Very very impressive. I loved it.
  • Beautiful architecture and exquisitely well-preserved Roman features make this place unique in the world, as it is the only Roman amphitheatre that still has its stage wall intact. They are constantly renovating the wall, but it is still worth visiting if you are in the area!

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