Collection: Lyon-Fourvière Gallo-Roman Museum

Decorative medallion with racing scene, slipped terra cotta, discovered at Rue des Farges, Lyon 5th arrondissement. 2nd century BCE

The existence of a circus at Lugdunum (Lyon), evidenced by three stone inscriptions, was confirmed by discoveries made in 1986 at Rue Henry Le Chatelier, on the Loyasse plateau, the northern spur of Fourvière Hill. Work uncovered the foundations of four masonry girders to support the seats. Relating to structures discovered in 1912, 1949 and 1957, these remains have made it possible to establish the existence of an arena measuring 60 metres wide and 360 metres long.