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Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, Lyon

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The Amphitheater of the Three Gauls (Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules) is the lesser known of two ancient Roman sites in Lyon. (The other is the Théâtres Romains de Fourvière complex near the basilica.) The amphitheater derives its name from ancient Lyon's role as the capital of the Three Gauls (Lugdunensis, Belgica, and Aquitania), three regions of Roman France.

At the time of its construction around 19 BC, the Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules was the centerpiece of Condate, a Gallic village that predated the arrival of the Romans by centuries. It would have had room for 20,000 people at one time. Various accounts have members of Gallic tribes meeting here in the earliest example of a parliamentary system. Based on that information, France's 2,000th anniversary was celebrated in Lyon in 1989.

It was at this amphitheater that the first Christian martyrs in Lyon were thrown to the lions in 177 AD. The most famous martyr to suffer here was St. Blandine. According to tradition, Blandine was thrown into the amphitheatre with the lions, but they refused to eat her. The lions were replaced by a bull, which also refused to harm her. Finally, Roman soldiers took matters into their own hands and killed her with their swords.

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Names:Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules; Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, Lyon; Amphithéatre des Trois Gaules
Faiths:Ancient Roman
Dates:c. 20 BCE
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Location:Lyon, France
Coordinates:45.770674° N, 4.830487° E  (view on Google Maps)
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Title:Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, Lyon
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/25/2009
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