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photo: boules players, arenes de lutece

One of the world's best boules' pitches - the
Arènes de Lutèce.

Exclusive From Metropole Paris

Paris:- Friday, 13. April:- I've been to the Roman-era Arènes de Lutèce in the 5th arrondissement several times over the years. The remains aren't complete - there isn't a whole arena and tribunes to be seen, and all of it is overlooked by the backs of apartment buildings in the Rue Monge.

The floor of the arena is nearly as it was, and when you get down in it, it is pretty big. If there is nobody in it, it is very empty and lifeless. Last Friday a handful of boules players made all the difference. There is a second entryway from the Rue Monge, and I imagine the closest café for the boules players is there.

Photo No 1:- 'Boules in the Arènes de Lutèce' - the date of construction is thought to be before the baths at Cluny, and the date of destruction is believed to be about 285 AD, caused by invading anti-sports barbarians. Romans and Parisians dismantled parts of the arena to use its stones for defending the Ile de la Cité.

Later, other stones from the arena went into the construction of the Saint-Etienne church. Still, it is thought that circuses were performed during the time of the first French kings, until at least 665. Then the arena was covered by layers of dirt and forgotten.

The arena was rediscovered in 1870 when the Rue Monge was put in, and the bus company purchased the property for a depot. Efforts to get the site classified as an historic monument failed and the bus company moved in its stables, offices and horses. Ten to 15 years later more discoveries were made, and Victor Hugo signed on to the project of conservation. The site was finally restored in 1917-18.

Photo No 2:- An inscription carved in marble, placed near the entrance to the floor of the arena, from the Rue de Navarre.
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