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Description of Arles

Arles , 3rd city of the Bouches du Rhône and largest town in France, is above all a city of art and history and classified by UNESCO as World Heritage of Humanity. Because of its geographical position, Arles was a cultural crossroads. It has always been open to Mediterranean cultures in all areas of creation: music, photography, literature. Arles is also the city of Gipsy Kings, Chico and Gypsies, Christian Lacroix, Yvan Audouard, photographer Lucien Clergue, the Rencontres d'Arles, the world's first meeting of photo enthusiasts, Editions Actes Sud and Harmonia Mundi: an inspired city where authors, creators and artists are at home.

Its old center and all its Roman and Roman monuments (the amphitheater, the ancient theater, the cryptoportiques of the forum, the baths of Constantine, the Alyscamps, the church and the cloister of Saint Trophime, the Town Hall, the mansions) are classified since 1981 at the World Heritage of the humanity by UNESCO. Virtual tours of the city's monuments, with the comments of a guide, are available on the site of the Tourist Office of the city of Arles.


Travel Destinations in Arles

Les Arénes (Arènes d'Arles) (Arles)

Open: 9am- 7pm

Entrance Fee: €6.50, children free

Les Arènes is an Ancient Roman Amphitheater that was constructed in 90 AD. It could seat over 20,000 spectators that at the time was most of the city. In the ancient times it was used for brutal hand to hand combat between gladiators as well as animals. Many criminals were also executed on the sand of the arena. Later it was also used for chariot races. Today it still draws large crowds to watch plays and concerts. Additionally it is a site for bullfighting that is held here.

After Roman Empire accepted Christianity as its legal legion the gladiator fights have stopped. The amphitheater was turned into a fortress. Four tower that are situated on four sides were constructed during medieval period. Additionally two chapels and over 200 houses were build within the enclosing. Only in 1825 restoration of the Ancient Roman building have began after initiative of the writer Prosper Merimee. Later houses were turned along with most of the buildings that were constructed in the later time period. Just five years later in 1830 the first event for centuries was held here to celebrate invasion and subsequent conquest of Algiers in the North Africa.


Palais Constantine (Arles)


Location: rue du Grand Prieure

Open: 9am- 12pm, 2- 7pm

Entrance Fee: €3, children free

Roman baths is all that remains of the former palace of Roman emperor Constantine (4th century AD).



Église Saint Trophime (Arles)
Location: place de la Republique City Centre
This medieval Romanesque church was constructed in the late 11th century. It was dedicated to the 2nd century Saint Trophime, the bishop of Arles. His remains are kept inside the treasure.

Théatre Antique (Arles)
Location: des Lices City Centre
Open: 9am- 7pm
Tel. 04 9096 9330
Entrance Fee: € 4.50, free if you keep admission ticket from Les Arenes
City theatre was constructed in the 1st century BC. Unfortunately large part of original marble was quarried by locals after plays and concerts have stopped. Nevertheless it was still in a good state of preservation.

Museon Arlaten (Arles)
Location: 29 rue de la Republique City Centre
Tel. 04 9093 5811
Entrance Fee: €4, student €3


Place de la République (Arles)

Hôtel de Ville (Arles)
Location: place de la Republique

Musee de l'Arles et de la Provence Antiques (Arles)
Open: 9am- 7pm Wed- Mon
Entrance Fee: €5.50, children free

Les Alyscamps (Arles)
Location: South of City Centre
Open: 9am- 7pm
Entrance Fee: €3.50, student €2.60


Musée Réattu (Arles)

Location: 10 rue du Grand Prieure

Open: 10am- 12:30pm, 2- 6:30pm Tue- Sun

Tel. 04 9049 3758

Entrance Fee: €7, children free