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Normandy Lillebonne Gallo-Roman Theater

Lillebonne, a small town along the River Seine west of Rouen, was an important Roman town (called Juliobona). It has the largest and best preserved Roman theater in northern France (seated 5,000 to 7,000). In the late 3rd or early 4th century, some of the stone from the theater was used to build the fortification for the town and in the early 19th century it was made into a quarry but was saved from ruin by a local priest.

Lillibonne is a small and charming town and an interesting stop on your tour of the Seine River valley west of Rouen. We stopped on our way from Jumièges Abbey to the town of Étretat on the coast.

Location: France - Normandy - Seine-Maritime - Lillebonne
The Roman theater is in the center of town with parking across from it. The Tourist Office is nearby.

The "Roman and Medieval Lillebonne" walking trail takes you around the town to see the Roman remains (fountain, forum, theater) and Medieval remains (Duke's Castle, church). Information boards are placed in town or go to the Tourist Office for information. Beside the forum is the church of Notre Dame with a 16th century Gothic portal and tower.

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Photos from our visit in September 2012.

 

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