Historic site and monument ,  Arena ,  Ruins and remains ,  Archaeological site at Toulouse

Ancely RT 01© J.-F. PeirÈ
arene de l'amphitheatre romainTOULOUSE© DR
Ancely RT 01© DR
Amphi cavea ouest et entrÈe  (c) J.-F. PeirÈ mod© J.-F. PeirÈ
Amphi Vomitoire (c) J.-F. PeirÈ mod© J.-F. PeirÈ
Natatio piscine romaine Purpan-Ancely© DR
Thermes_(c) J.-F. PeirÈ mod© J.-F. PeirÈ
  • Do you feel like battling a bear and then taking a swim? It couldn’t be easier: head for the Roman amphitheatre of Purpan and the thermal baths of Ancely and step back in time!

    The only monument from Antiquity that is still visible in Toulouse in its entirety, the Roman amphitheatre of Purpan was built around the middle of the 1st Century A.D. It was the perfect stage for gladiatorial games up until the end of the IV Century.

    Whilst all that remains now are the ruins, it is easy to conjure an image of this arena.
    As for the thermal baths and the pool of Ancely, it can be accessed by delving beneath the residential block of a housing estate. The 13m x 19m pool was once reserved for swimmers and this ensemble is certainly the most unexpected Roman vestige of the city.

    Visits with commentary are arranged by the Saint-Raymond Museum allowing the true significance of these ruins from Antiquity to be fully understood.
  • Access
    • Airport/airfield  :  Toulouse Blagnac at 10 km
    • Railway station  :  Toulouse Matabiau at 3 km
    • Coach station  :  Toulouse Matabiau at 3 km
    • Metro / Tram  :  Arènes Romaines at 0 m
  • Environment
    • Near a river or waterway  :  La Garonne
    • On the pilgrimage trail "Santiago de Compostela at Arles"
    • On the "Via Garona" at 4 km
  • Services
    • Free admission
  • From January 1, 2020 until December 27, 2020