The city of Lyon, formerly known as Lugdunum, was founded by the Roman’s around 43 BC on a hilltop looking out over the Saône river. Today the ruins still stand. The large theatre could seat around 10000 and the smaller sized Odéon had a capacity of around 3000.
Now days, the ruins are primarily a tourist attraction and a prime area for relaxing and looking out over the city. I took these photos on the walk up, so you get an idea of how high and domineering this hill is.
However, the two spaces also house concerts and performances- we were sad to discover that the concert on that evening was an invite-and-close-friends only event… until we were told that the nearby Roman History Museum happened to have opened its doors for free, and was hosting a piano performance on the lower level.
In the end we got exactly what we wanted: ruins, artefacts, history and some live music! We stayed until the closing time arrived and one of the museum staff came by to show us the exit.