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Ancient theater and Arc de Triomphe in Orange, France

From series “The Most Interesting UNESCO Sites in France”
Year: 1 century B.C. .

The city of Orange is famous all over the world for its ancient sights. A large ancient Roman theater has been preserved here. It is considered one of the largest and most beautiful in the world. The theater is used for musical concerts and theatrical performances after a large-scale reconstruction. It is also a permanent venue for the annual summer festival. It's called "Les Chorégies d'Orange".

As the researchers managed to find out, the theater was built during the reign of Emperor Octavian Augustus, in the 1st century BC. Initially, it was distinguished by an incredibly beautiful design. The theater never ceases to amaze with its majestic appearance even after thousands of years. Louis XIV first visited the theater in the 17th century. The ancient monument impressed him very much. Louis XIV called the stage of the theater the most beautiful stage in France. It is most interesting to visit the ancient attraction in the summer. The annual opera festival takes place here at this time.

It usually falls in the second half of July. This festival is an outstanding attraction. It was first held in 1869. "Les Chorégies d'Orange" is considered the oldest festival in France today. The festival received its current name in 1902. It has been held continuously since this year. The ancient theater stage has hosted the greatest performers from all over the world over the years of the festival's existence. Sarah Bernhardt performed here in 1903.

Performances by Placido Domingo, Barbara Hendricks, Ruggero Raimondi, Ferruccio Furlanetto, and Montserrat Caballe took place on the ancient stage in various periods. The ancient arena was chosen as the venue for the festival not by chance. It is distinguished by its unique acoustics. Guests of Orange can visit the unique attraction as part of organized excursions. They are held regularly on days when no cultural events take place in the theater. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit the most hidden corners of the ancient Roman arena during this tour. Guests will also be able to step on its stage and experience the range of feelings that opera performers who perform in the theater experience. Next - Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay

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 »  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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Top destination around Ancient theater and Arc de Triomphe in Orange - Avignon

Fans of theatrical art should definitely visit the Avignon Opera House, that was built in 1847. Previously, a smaller theatre in Italian style was located in its place, but in 1846 it was completely destroyed during the fire. Today the beautiful theatre regularly hosts opera performances, classical concerts and theatrical shows, as well as many other interesting cultural events.
Avignon is one of the few cities of Provence, in which part of the ancient fortifications has been beautifully preserved. The most famous and visited are the old Porte de l'Oulle, that were built in the 14th century. In 1783 the gates were completely destroyed, to be rebuilt three years later, but at a new place. These gates are not the only ones that have survived to our days, and interesting tours around all surrounding fortifications are held for tourists regularly.

Tourists with children in Avignon will be interested to visit the Rékien Museum, which holds an interesting natural science exposition. In the vicinity of the city there are several well-known archaeological areas, where researchers have discovered curious finds. During the tour, visitors of the museum will be able to find out about which animals inhabited our planet millions of years ago, as well as which representatives of the flora and fauna can be found around Avignon now.
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