The best Roman sites in France

Portion of the Arles Amphitheatre, photo by Andy Hawkins/Flickr

As we all know, the Romans built some spectacular buildings in the countries which were part of the Roman Empire. Some of these are about 2000 years old but still stand. France was also under the control of Rome. Romans built roads, bridges, aqueducts, but temples and amphitheatres, too. There are some magnificent sites and buildings in France which were built by the Romans. To help you choose the best Roman sites to visit in France, in the following article I will present the most spectacular ones. Whether you would like to visit amphitheatres, temples, aqueducts or Roman baths, France is the perfect choice! There is a huge number of Roman sites, buildings and ruins in the country which are worth visiting.

Arles Amphitheatre

This large arena is one of the most beautiful and best preserved Roman sites in France. Situated in the town of Arles, this 2000 year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is a very popular attraction of the town among tourists. Still in use today for bullfighting, it can accommodate up to about 20.000 of spectators. This sports arena is one of Arles’ most impressive attractions. Sitting in this large and breathtaking arena is like stepping back in Roman times when gladiators were fighting in such buildings. If you visit Arles, make sure to visit this wonderful amphitheatre, too.

Portion of the Arles Amphitheatre, photo by Andy Hawkins/Flickr

Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon

Being the same age as the Arles Amphitheatre, the breathtaking Grand Roman Theatre of Lyon was able to accommodate about 10.000 of spectators. One of the most spectacular Roman sites in France, this attraction is one of the most popular ones in the fantastic city of Lyon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is used today for different events and performances. Other ruins can be found behind the Grand Roman Theatre which are considered to be the Temple of Cybele’s ruins.

La Maison Carrée

Situated in the city of Nimes, this spectacular Roman templeis one of the best Roman sites in France. It is a very well preserved site. The temple was built in 16 BC. Besides this Roman site, there are two others in the city of Nimes: the Magne Tower and the Roman Amphitheatre. La Maison Carrée is the most popular of the three sites. Visitors of this magnificent attraction also have the occasion to watch multimedia presentations which present the history of Nimes during the Roman times.

La Maison Carree, photo by TyB/Flickr



Glanum is actually the name of a Roman settlement. The ruins of it can be found near the town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. The major part of the sites of Glanum is about 2000 years old. The oldest building is a sanctuary which is considered to be built in the 6th century BC. Besides spectacular monuments, public baths and wonderful columns can also be found among the remains of Glanum. It is surely one of the most impressive Roman sites in France, also a must-see attraction.

Remains of Glanum, photo by jmt-29/Flickr


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