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Roman Theatre

rue du Cirque
38200 Vienne

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It was built between 40 and 50 AD around the Pipet hill. The theatre is considered as one of the most important in the Roman period.

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Lat : 45.525292 - Lng : 4.878584


The terraced seating in the Roman Theatre was built against the steep slopes of the Pipet hill. Its capacity for around 13,000 spectators made the Vienne theatre one of the biggest urban theatres in the Roman Empire and the second largest in Gaul after the theatre in Autun. In the 2nd century, the Odeon, a second, smaller theatre was built nearby on the southern slope of the Saint-Marcel ravine.

Its layout and general organisation followed the Latin models for a stone theatre, even though its location on the hillside gave rise to some specific features. Spectators could move through the rounded, arched galleries that formed the structural support for the terraced seating in the cavea.

Theatres were an expression of the civic and sacred community in the Roman world. They were not only used for entertainment (comedies, tragedies, pantomimes, various kinds of acts, dancing, combats), but could also be the venue for civic or official events.

After restoration work to the theatre, the summer programme now features events reviving the theatre's entertainment role: opera, pop, dance and, since 1981, the Jazz à Vienne Festival in the first half of July.
Full price: 3 €
Reduced price: 2 €.
From 01/04 to 11/06/2020, daily between 9.30 am and 6 pm.
Closed exceptionally on May 1st.

From 12/06 to 31/08/2020
Opening hours daily between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.

From 01/09 to 31/10/2020
Opening hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 9.30 am and 12.45 pm and between 1.30 pm and 6 pm.
Closed on Monday.

From 01/11 to 31/03 between 1 pm and 5.30 pm.
Closed on Monday.
Closed exceptionally on January 1st, November 1st, November 11th and December 25th.
Individual visit
Unguided individual tours available permanently
Guided individual tours on request
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  • Guided tours
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  • Mental disability
  • Accessible for wheelchairs with assistance
  • Reserved space 330 cm wide < 20 m from the site
  • Vertical signage of parking spaces
  • Minimum aisle width of 90 cm
  • Doors >=77 cm wide
  • WC + grab handle + adequate space to move
  • Site, building partially accessible
  • Magnetic loop available at the reception
  • Relief map, tactile model or audio device description available at the reception
  • Reception staff sensitized to the reception of people with disabilities
    Place Miremont
    38200 Vienne

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