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Just a handful of ruined walls and arches, but graceful and suggestive of past glories.

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Gallien amphitheatre

Evocative remains of Bordeaux' Roman origins.

Like more than a few European cities, Bordeaux dates its origins back to colonisation by the Roman Empire, and this amphitheatre, on Rue du Docteur Albert Barraud, is pretty much what's left of ancient Burdigala, founded by Roman legions circa 60 BC who came to the area because of its iron deposits. The amphitheatre itself was built in the 3rd century AD with a capacity of 17,000 spectators - which gives some idea of how grand a city Burdigala grew to become. With the passage of centuries, the forum which once staged gladiator and other spectacles was repeatedly sacked, burned, and finally abandoned, leaving it in its current state, just a handful of partial walls and arches.



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