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The main building of the most ancient area of Lyon was built in the 1st century BC. By order of the Emperor Tiberius, the capital of the Three Gauls, the city of Lugdun, was to have its own amphitheater. The exact date of construction is unknown, but it is known for certain that the amphitheater was completed during the emperor's lifetime.
The main entertainment program of this amphitheater immediately became public executions of Christians. In the arena, the followers of Christ were burned alive, tortured, fed to lions and tigers. Attendance at this cruel torture was a must for all members of the Roman nobility who found themselves in Lyon.
In addition to fierce performances, the amphitheater served as a place for ceremonial actions of the imperial army.
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Topic: Galo-Roman amphitheater in France, Lyon resort.