Roman heritage with a view

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.

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2 thoughts on “Roman heritage with a view

  1. Loved your post. 🙂 Nicely written, pics are amazing… I am just wondering how do you decide what to visit? I do travel a lot but there is no way I could enjoyed everything you did in one city.
    Best wishes, Katherine

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    • Hi Katie! Lovely to hear from you 🙂 I find that walking is a great way to see lots of things in a short space of time- there are often free or cheap walking tours in large cities which can be a great way to learn about the place too. I tend to look up things in tripadvisor.com (I like reading the reviews to decide if it’s something I’d like to do or not) or simply type ‘Things to do in…’ into Google and go from there. I still find there’s always things I miss out on though! Best wishes on for your next lot of travels 🙂

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