Roman Theatre and its Surroundings, 
and the Triumphal Arch of Orange (1981)
France

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Situated in the Rhone valley, the ancient theatre of Orange, with its 103-m-long facade, is one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. 

Built between A.D. 10 and 25, the Roman arch is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus. 

It is decorated with low reliefs commemorating the establishment of the Pax Romana. 

  • France 1938. The Triumphal Arch of Orange. 

France 1938. The Triumphal Arch of Orange.

Orange is a city in the Vaucluse Department in southern France, 22 km (14 mi) north of Avignon on the Rhône Plain. Orange is an ancient city. In the 2nd century bc, the Romans were defeated in Orange by two Germanic tribes, the Cimbri and Teutons. A century later Orange was conquered by the Romans. It was an independent city from the 11th century ad until its capture by King Louis XIV in 1660. 

Two famous monuments in the city are the Triumphal Arch (AD 21), in honour of Roman emperor Augustus, and a Roman structure, now used as a theater, that was a fortress until 1660. Also of interest in the town is an 11th-century Romanesque-Provençal cathedral. Orange is a market town, but its chief revenue comes from tourists. 

For the sake of completeness I have found this Italian stamp, depicting Emperor Augustus, issued in honour of his bi-millenary. The stamp has nothing to do with Orange, but serves only as "reference". 

  • Italy 1937. Emperor Augustus. 

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Other World Heritage Sites in France (on this site). Please refer to the UNESCO-listing, section France for further information on the individual properties.  

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