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The ancient theatre on the Fourvière hill: photos, description (Theatre antique de Fourviere)

The ancient theatre in Lyon is at the top of the Fourvière hill. It is located next to the Odeon (as old as the theatre, concert hall), together, the two buildings create a harmonious architectural ensemble. And the theatre and Odeon annually be hosting concerts and performances held in the summer festival "Night of Forever". The festival takes place in June-July and presents a variety of art forms, from cinema and circus to classical music and drama productions.

Theatre on the Fourvière hill was discovered in the XIX century, and since 1933, there began restoration work. It is known that its construction began under the Emperor Octavian Augustus around 15 BC. Then was built an arena with a diameter of 90 meters, 25 sectors for spectators, the orchestra, the stage and two side entry. For the construction of the theater the stone was brought to the city Glanum (now in its place is Saint-rémy-de-Provence). The construction was continued by the Emperor Hadrian in the second century - in this period was built on the third floor of the stairs, the diameter of the structures increased to 108 meters, and the capacity of the theater was to be 10 thousand spectators. The audience came to the theater mainly to see a Comedy performance with music. The theatre had great acoustics: backstage wall was erected that reflected the sound and sent it into the stands of spectators.

Near the theatre you can see other attractions of the ancient city of Lugdunum, standing on the site of modern Lyon. These include the aqueduct, the former one of the longest aqueducts in the Empire of the Romans, the sanctuary of Cybele, and Roman mausoleums and baths. Guests to the antiquities of Lyon, on the Fourvière hill delivers the funicular.