You will be suprised by 2500 years of History
The ancient theatre is famous for its size (one of the biggest in Europe) and is a real open-air museum that transforms into a musical venue in the summer. The Temple d’Auguste et de Livie, the Pyramid and the archaeological garden of Cybèle are historic relics which beautifully stand out against the cityscape. The site of Saint-Romain-en-Gal- Vienne welcomes over 80,000 visitors a year, covers several hectares of the Rhône’s right bank and is one of the most beautiful museums and archaeological sites in France and Europe, Vienne is also a Holy City. Its religious buildings (Eglise Saint-Pierre, Cloître Saint André le Bas, Cathédrale Saint Maurice), influenced by the establishment of some of the first Christian communities, are also very special, Vienne is now home to over 40 monuments or listed sites and 5 museums with complementary collections (Gallo-Roman sarcophagi, sculptures and mosaics, silver vessels, 16th to 20th century paintings, industrial heritage, looms etc.), not bad for a city with a population of just 35,000! This all saw the Ministry of Culture award it the title of French City of Art and History. The Vienne area would also like you to open up its natural treasure chest where you’ll find the medieval jewel that is the Château de Septème and its ramparts, With regard to new cultural facilities, Vienne looks to the future: „le Trente“, music and dance conservatory proposes throughout the year ; concerts, masterclass sessions and meetings. In additions, a new contemporary art centre located in the former Halle des Bouchers (16th century) was opened.