Visit "the Little Rome of the Gauls"
Arles has the Town of Art and History label and has been listed as part of World Heritage by UNESCO since 1981. It is the ideal town for a relaxing visit on foot. Here is a quick tour of the most famous monuments and museums in Arles that you can visit on a day out during your stay in our holiday village.
The Arles Amphitheatre
Did you know that Arles is the town with the most Roman monuments after Rome? We will begin with the Arènes d'Arles, one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in Europe. It was built in 80 A.D. on the slopes of La Hauture hill. It was directly inspired by the Coliseum in Rome. This "little Coliseum" is 136 m long and had a capacity for 25,000 spectators. Gladiator combats and wild animal fights continued to take place here until the 6th century. Today, the amphitheatre hosts shows, festivals and bullfights.
The Roman Theatre
The Roman Theatre in Arles was built in the 1st century B.C. during the reign of the Emperor Augustus. This means it was one of the earliest stone theatres built in the Roman period. Today, only a few rows of seating, the stalls, the stage curtain area and two tall marble columns crowned with a fragment of entablature are still standing. The monument is open to visitors and plays host to a wide range of cultural events, including the Arles Costume Festival, the Rencontres Internationales Photography Festival, the Festival des Suds and the Péplum Epic Film Festival.
The Thermes de Constantin
The Thermes de Constantin were an area of public thermal baths. They were built on the banks of the Rhone in the early 4th century. Only the northern part of the site has been excavated so far. This part includes heated rooms and utility rooms, as well as the caldarium with its three pools. In Roman times, the site covered around 3,750 m².
In the Provençal language, Alyscamps means "Elysian Fields", the name given to the underworld, where the heroes of Greek mythology and virtuous souls enjoyed their rest after death. In Roman times and until the Middle Ages, this site was a necropolis. 400 sarcophagi are still at rest here. The site was renovated by the Minims religious order in the 18th century. It is built around a majestic avenue lined with poplars. It was made famous by Van Gogh and Gauguin during their stays in Arles.
Cloister of Saint-Trophime
The cloister of Saint-Trophime is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It was once Arles cathedral and is a beautiful example of Romanesque Provençal art. The cloister was built between the 12th and the 14th centuries. Later, two Gothic-style galleries were added. You will see that the cloister is in an unusual location, since it is not joined to the nave or to the transept. It is linked to the choir by 25 steps.
Musée de l'Arles Antique
A visit to the Arles Antiquity Museum is a chance to follow the development of the Roman town with the help of an exceptional collection, including a bust of Julius Caesar, sculptures, mosaics, sarcophagi and other vestiges from Antiquity, notably the Gallo-Roman Arles-Rhone 3 boat, the centrepiece of the "blue museum".
Housed in the former Great Priory of the Order of Malta, the Arles Fine Arts Museum gives pride of place to the Neoclassical painter Jacques Réattu (1760-1833). The museum also has a collection of drawings by Picasso.
Fondation Vincent Van Gogh - Contemporary Art Exhibition Centre
The Fondation Vincent Van Gogh Arles was inaugurated in April 2014. It pays tribute to the work of the artist by exploring his impact on creation today. A reference point for the life and work of Van Gogh!
The Camargue Museum is housed in a converted sheep fold in the Pont de Rousty farmhouse. It provides a fresh look at Camargue culture and the relationship between mankind and nature in Camargue. Here you can also see a collection of photographs by Carle Naudot and Gaston Bouzanquet.
The Museon Arlaten ("Arlesian Museum" in Provençal) was founded at the end of the 19th century by the poet Frédéric Mistral. It retraces everyday life and lifestyles in Provence from the 18th century to today (costumes, furniture, work tools, religious objects, etc.).
So would you like to see all these treasures of our heritage?
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