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Superstructures of Antiquity: Romans in Paris

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The Romans ceded the island in the Seine to the Parisii Celtic tribe, which later became the Île de la Cité. On the opposite bank, the Romans are building a new city on the Roman model. Thermal baths, forum and amphitheater are created.

Gallo-Roman history of contemporary Paris


Everyone knows Paris, but not everyone knows that the city is also home to Gallo-Roman ruins. Like the Lutetia Arena – an amphitheater with a capacity of 17,000 spectators.

Or the thermal baths of Lutetia. They are heated from the floor, walls and water by an underground system that produces hot air and distributes it through special shafts in thermal baths.

The entire construction of the thermal baths spans more than 10,000 square meters and is therefore twice the size of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris later on. The Île de la Cité is protected by an 18-metre-high wall from the constant threat of Celtic invasion.

The Roman Forum is not missing in this ancient city. It stands where today’s Panthéon once stood and covers an area of ​​more than 15,700 square metres. Back then, life was pounding there. 3D images, reconstructions and interviews with historians and archaeologists show the Gallo-Roman history of present-day Paris and bring the ancient city to a new life.

The documentary series explores three French cities that still harbor the remains of massive Roman structures. Evidence of Roman civilization, engineering and colonial history.

Source: ZDF

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