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Eastern palaestra seen from the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
© CVP / C. Rapa.

Map of the palestre in Lutecia's bath.

Drawing © D. Busson et V. Charlanne.

This unheated area was used for physical exercise. The two large rooms linked by a passageway are thought to be covered palaestrae.

The walls, decorated with arched, flat-backed niches, probably had windows that let in light and offered a view of the Seine.

On the sides, doors framed in large masonry gave access to the open-air exercise areas.