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Address: Rue du Dr Albert Barraud, Bordeaux, France
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Remnant of Roman Times

The Palais Gallien is the last free standing ruin of Roman times in Bordeaux. Once a roman arena, all that is left are the few archways and stoneworks, but you can freely (both... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 August 2016
Canberra, Australia
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We caught the C tram to Jardin Public and walked through the garden to reach these Roman ruins which was once part of an amphitheatre built in the 3rd Century. Most of it has been destroyed to make way for housing. It is a bit out of the way and is best accessed up Rue du Colisee which is a... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

Well worth the walk all the way along the Rue de Palais Galien from Place Gambetta to see these ruins. They are well hidden amongst housing near to the Jardin Public and you really get the WOW factor as you come across them. There is no charge to stand and admire these magnificent remnants from Roman times. Although only a... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The Palais Gallien is the last free standing ruin of Roman times in Bordeaux. Once a roman arena, all that is left are the few archways and stoneworks, but you can freely (both cost and time) walk amongst them with an information leaflet. It is a quick stop, but an interesting one.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Tucked behind residential streets, on the periphery of the well-to-do 'golden triangle' in the centre of Bordeaux, these Roman ruins are easy to miss. A sixth of the original amphitheatre remains today and dates back to the early 2nd century. You can get close to the ruins all year round from two vantage points but during the summer (beginning of... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Ive seen some of the comments about this place not being worth the time... Hogwash I say - How many other places on this earth can you actually walk through and touch a Roman Ruin that was once used for Gladiators with crowds of 20,000+... Yes is is in "ruin" and there are weeds all around (not to mention the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

We sought out the Palais Gallien to see the remaining Roman ruins of Bordeaux. It is not a large section of ruins but still fascinating to view Bordeaux,s past history. This is not a major attraction that attracts a lot of tourists and is one reason why we really liked it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

These are the only visible remains of the Roman city which once stood here. Not much left to see except a few walls. FREE to enter or see but won't take you more than a few minutes to do so.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A 2000 year old Amphitheatre in the centre of a residential neighbourhood - fascinating. It is a nice walk to find the spot. It is only a small segment of the amphitheatre but large enough to give an idea of the original size. The schematic renditions show what the size and footprint would have been - amazing. It is well... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

I don't get excited about Roman ruins but I found this one very interesting. I think it was the setting...right in a neighbourhood, surrounded by modest houses, at the end of a nondescript residential street. No hype, no fanfare...just 'there it is'. Easy to miss, we found it by accident. Glad we did!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2015

Palais Gallien was built in the 3rd century by the Romans as an amphitheatre, very little of it remains today. Estimates have been made and it is considered to have seated over 17000 people, incredible. The ruins are easy to find, from the Bordeaux Tourism Office it took us 10-15 minutes to reach. The City Tourist Bus will also drive... More 

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