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Things To Do in Lyon: Take a Nap at The Theatres Romains de Fourviere

June 14, 2013

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I have a penchant on taking a nap inside parks and historical places, I actually just found out about it during this recent trip. LOL. In Paris, I took a nap inside the Luxembourg Gardens and I bet if only I had enough time in Strasbourg and Bruges, I might also have taken a nap in one of their gardens too. Well you see that’s what I like about Europe, they have a lot of greeneries which probably is the reason why I feel sleepy all the time. Green is the color to relax your eyes they say, so if you have a lot of those surrounding you – then there is no other way for your eyes to go but close itself. Right? LOL.

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I was really very tired already during this leg of the trip, I think I have said it a million times since I’ve started my Lyon posts. I must say that I was not really doing very well as a tourist in Lyon – Paris and Strasbourg already drained my energy and I should’ve stopped after Strasbourg I guess. The good thing about it being tired was, I was able to spend a lot of time in most of the places I’ve visited while in Lyon to relax and take it all in – the sceneries that is. Normally, I probably would’ve spent a maximum of 30 minutes in a specific tourist attraction before I move on to the next. Well, it depends of course on what the attraction is but if it only requires some photos to be taken, then a maximum of 30 minutes is enough for me.

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When I went to the Theatres Romains de Fourviere, I felt a little nostalgic. It was a huge area but not as big as the Colosseum or the Roman Theatre in Athens but what I liked about it was it has a lot of greeneries surrounding it. The grass, the trees and the chirping birds were all telling me to lie down and take a nap. Who am I to say no to nature?

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So I took a nap, for about 45 minutes. Good thing birds did not poop on my face, it would’ve been really embarrassing because there were a lot of people around the area. Some were having a picnic, some were reading books, some were singing with one of them playing a French song in his/her guitar and some were just there, sitting and observing what’s in front of them. I did all of those things (except the singing part) but took a longer time napping.

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About the Theatres Romains de Fourviere itself, there really is nothing much special about it except that it is a ruin of a Roman Theatre, obviously. Interestingly though, the theatre is still used at present time for cultural shows and performances.

The theatre was built in two steps: around 15 BC, a theatre with a 90 m diameter was built next to the hill. At the beginning of the 2nd century, the final construction added a last place for the audience. The diameter is 108 m, and there were seats for 10,000 people.

Nowadays, the theatre is primarily a tourist site, but it is still used as a cultural venue. Each year, the Nuits de Fourvière festival takes place in the theatre.

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I tried to research more about it but couldn’t find any. If you do know any other interesting facts about this site, do let me know. 🙂

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  • Reply Alba Marie July 4, 2013 at 23:06

    The thing that I love about this place is that unlike many other ancient ruins, they are still regularly used despite being over 2,000 years old. In the summer, they have the Les Nuits des Fourvière, a really neat cultural event where they hold different performances (music, theater, concerts, cinema, dance etc) nearly every night. Last year, a friend of mine got us some cheap tickets that hadn’t been sold to a rock concert. I found it amazing that I was sitting in the same spot that millions had sat in before me since 43 BC.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High July 4, 2013 at 23:13

      Yeah, that really is something to be nostalgic about. I’ve read about that Les Nuits des Fourviere being held there but I had no idea that they use it for more modern acts like a rock concert? I would’ve expected an opera or a string quartet but not a rock concert. That’s cool! :p

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