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Amphitheatre in Orange, France

From series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
Year: 1st century AD. Height: 36 meters.

The main historical symbol of the French city of Orange is an ancient theater, which is distinguished by a special exquisite design. It was built in the first century AD, during the reign of Emperor Augustine. The majestic arena came to desolation already in year 391. The amphitheater was closed by the decree of the Church and remained in desolation until the 19th century. After a complete reconstruction, the arena was again used for large cultural events. In summer the traditional Opera Festival is held here.

Amphitheatre in Orange, France Unlike many other amphitheaters, the theater in Orange had been used not only to conduct gladiatorial fights, it had excellent performances in Latin. Initially, one of the main decorations of the arena was a statue of the Emperor Augustine. A majestic monument of 3.5 meters high survived to this day. The height of the walls of the theater is 36 meters, in the variety of other similar monuments of Roman architecture, it is considered one of the best preserved.

One of the main features of the ancient theater is its unique acoustics, which was appreciated by artists in the second half of the 19th century. The first theatrical performances here began to be held in 1869, since then the amphitheater is a permanent venue for the most important city holidays and cultural events. The theater in Orange has one more secret. It is the only arena in the world that managed to preserve the original scene, it has not been touched by numerous reconstructions. Next - Odeon of Herodes Atticus


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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Société Marseillaise de Crédit - Orange' located in 0.14 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Avis' is located in 0.86 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Station-service TOTAL' in 2.29 km
Supermarket: 'Entre Corse et Provence' in 0.12 km
Parking: 'Parking Théatre Antique' in 0.21 km
Apotheek: 'Pharmacie Debru' in 0.14 km
Police station: 'Police Municipale' in 0.26 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'V Café' in 0.06 km
Railway station: 'Gare d'Orange' in 0.87 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Orange-Caritat Air Base Airport XOG - in 4 km
 »  Caumont Airport AVN - in 26 km
 »  Garons Airport FNI - in 52 km
 »  Vals-Lanas Airport OBS - in 57 km
 »  Istres Le Tube Airport QIE - in 68 km
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Appartement Aristide

Located in 0 km from Amphitheatre in Orange
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The air-conditioned room has a four-poster bed and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower. A homemade, continental breakfast is served daily in the … More: photo, rates and booking
Justin de Provence

Located in 1 km from Amphitheatre in Orange
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The rooms at Justin de Provence have garden and terrace views and en suite facilities with free toiletries. Air-conditioning, individual heating, and … More: photo, rates and booking
Gite de l'Aigues

Located in 2 km from Amphitheatre in Orange
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Gite de l'Aigues is made up of 4 bedrooms and a living room. It is air-conditioned and features a TV with cable channels. A washing machine, ironing … More: photo, rates and booking
Mas du Puits d'Amour

Located in 3 km from Amphitheatre in Orange
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Decorated in a colonial style, the air-conditioned guest rooms all both have a four-poster bed. Free Wi-Fi access is provided, and the en suite … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Amphitheatre in Orange - Avignon

Surrounded by beautiful crenelated walls stretching for more than 4 kilometers, Avignon is one of the largest and most beautiful cities in Provence. The city lives in the traditional rhythm for many hundreds of years and celebrates almost all Catholic holidays with a great scope. The most popular event in Avignon is the Festival D'Avignon - the oldest theatrical festival in Europe, which never ceases to amaze the public with fresh ideas and new talents. Avignon Festival, founded by the outstanding theater director Jean Vilar, has been the main event of the summer cultural calendar of France for half a century. On its stage, the audience gets acquainted with the premieres of the largest studios in Europe and learns about the latest trends in theatrical art. The traditional venue of the festival is the open courtyard in the legendary Papal Palace, which can accommodate up to 2,000 spectators. Annually, about twenty art groups from different countries perform here. In addition to the drama, other forms of theatrical art are presented here - modern dance, musical, pantomime, puppet shows. The ticket price for the Avignon Festival starts from 10 Euros.

In addition to the main program, guests of the Avignon Festival get acquainted with the performances of the Festival du Off, similar to the famous Fringe Festival. Here, each year the works of small and experimental collectives are shown. Amateurs demonstrate their creations in squares, parks, nightclubs, churches, shops and cultural institutions throughout the city. Another interesting event in August is the Les Luminessences Avignon. For the whole two months, the Papal Palace will appear before you in a completely new light, revealing its secrets and mysteries through a unique 3D show with video and audio special effects. During the event, you can make an unforgettable journey through the centuries: colors and play of light will transform this Gothic fortress-palace into an open-air theater, and grandiose scenography will transfer you in time and space to medieval Avignon - the cradle of the Catholic church. In late November - early December, the city hosts the Christmas Fair. It is not as popular as the Fair of Arles, but it is interesting with the products of local artisans on it - very spiritual and ethnic.
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