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  • 1 Musée départemental de l'Arles antique Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    Presqu’ile du Cirque-Romain F - 13635 Arles Cedex

    Large statuary (the colossal statue of Augustus that adorned the stage wall of the theatre), models illustrating how the city and its monuments developed in Imperial times, the daily life of the people of Arles in antiquity, splendid mosaics and an a..

  • 2 Camargue Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    F - 13104 Arles

    With its vast open spaces that are home to herds of black bulls with distinctive curved horns, slender silhouettes of pink flamingoes and galloping white horses, the Camargue is a unique place. This natural habitat has been preserved thanks to the cr..

  • 3 Les Alyscamps Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Avenue des Alyscamps F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    From the Gallo-Roman period up to the end of the Middle Ages, the Alyscamps ("Champs-Élysées") was one of the most prestigious necropolises in the West. Its heyday came when the necropolis was Christianised, with relics from St Trophimus an..

  • 4 Roman Theatre Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue de la Calade F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    With its two impressively preserved columns standing in a landscape of rare elegance, the Théâtre Antique is one of the greatest Roman theatres from the end of the 1C BC. It served as quarry from the 5C, was transformed into a fortified reduit in the..

  • 5 Cloître St-Trophime Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Place de la République F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    The carved decoration of the 12C-14C cloisters is most remarkable, in particular that of the capitals and the magnificent corner pillars in the north gallery (on the left on entering). Those in the east gallery, next to the refectory, depict the Life..

  • 6 Montmajour abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    D 17 F - 13200 Arles

    The Montmajour site was an island in the marshes which extended from the River Rhône to the Alpilles. The abbey was saved by the painter, Jacques Réattu. The remains include the 12C church of Notre-Dame, the Romanesque cloister with its capitals, the..

  • 7 Saint Trophime's Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Place de la République F - 13200 Arles

    You access the Church via a gate that is a master piece from the provincial Roman school from the late 12th C. Of the works of art inside, main interests are the sarcophages from the 4 C and the cloister built after 1150, which is famous for its scul..

  • 8 Cryptoporticus Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Place de la République F - 13637 Arles Cedex

    The function of these twin horseshoe-shaped underground galleries is unknown. It has often been suggested that, as well as stabilising the monuments of the forum, they were used as huge granaries.

  • 9 Place du Forum Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    place du Forum F - 13200 Arles

    Beneath the plane trees you can see a statue of Frédéric Mistral and, just behind, the two Corinthian columns on the façade of the mythical Hotel Nord Pinus, vestiges of the façade of a 2C temple. In summer, the café terraces on the square are bustli..

  • 10 Palais Constantin (La Trouille thermal baths) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Rue du Grand-Prieuré F - 13200 Arles Cedex

    Constantine loved Arles and made it his capital in the West, endowing the city with many good works. Of these, the thermal baths remain, the largest still to be seen in Provence; they have been partly cleared. Access via the tepidarium (warm room) th..

  • 11 Musée Réattu Interesting

    Museums and art

    10 rue du Grand-Prieuré F - 13200 Arles

    The museum is named after Arles-born painter Jacques Réattu (1760-1833), who used to live here. In addition to paintings from the 16C-18C, you can enjoy a collection of contemporary sculptures (César, Richier, Bourdelle, Zadkine), Modern paintings (D..

  • 12 Marais du Vigueirat Marshes Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Cabanes de l’Étourneau F - 13104 Mas-Thibert

    A system of channels and pumps enables water levels and their salinity to be monitored, and to preserve the Camargue's diverse ecosystems. Purple and grey herons, mallards, northern lapwings, black-winged stilts, moustached warblers and many other bi..

  • 13 Boulevard des Lices

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    boulevard des Lices F - 13200 Arles

    The boulevard with its large and lively café terraces is particularly colourful when the market comes to town (Saturday mornings). During Arles's feria, it is here that the bulls are released.

  • 14 Collégiale Notre Dame de la Major Church

    Religious buildings

    place de la Major F - 13200 Arles

    Collégiale Notre Dame de la Major is one of the key sites of the Nacioun Gardiano, the brotherhood of the Guardians. From the terrace there is a view of the tiled rooftops of Arles, Montmajour Abbey, the Alpilles, the Montagnette, and, in the distanc..

  • 15 Rue Porte-de-Laure

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue Porte-de-Laure F - 13200 Arles

    This street leading from the summer garden to the arenas is lined with restaurants. The peaceful quarter nestled between the street and the ramparts is a real haven, with many surprises in store for those exploring on foot: a gargoyle or a gemel wind..

  • 16 Rue du Sauvage

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    rue du Sauvage F - 13200 Arles

    This street is lined with old residences, some of which have been beautifully restored and are covered with flowers, such as the Hôtel des Comtes d'Arlatan de Beaumont (15C), now Hôtel Arlatan.

  • 17 Église des Prêcheurs Church

    Religious buildings

    quai du Rhône F - 13200 Arles

    This is one of those Arles churches that was used for rather profane purposes over the years; it used to house a mechanic's workshop and now it has been restored and is a venue where events are held.

  • 18 Quai Marx-Dormoy

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Marx-Dormoy F - 13200 Arles

    Protected from the vagaries of the river by an elevated dike, the quay is lined with some very attractive houses. You pass by a section of the former city wall before coming to Place Nina Berberova, a hub for cultural activities in Arles: it is home ..

  • 19 Plan de la Cour Square

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plan de la Cour F - 13200 Arles

    This little square is lined with ancient buildings, including the Hôtel des Podestats (12C-15C) and the town hall.

  • 20 Hôtel de Ville d'Arles

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plan de la Cour F - 13200 Arles

    The town hall was rebuilt in 1675 according to plans drawn up by Hardouin-Mansart, but the Arles-born architect Peytret preserved the previous building's clock tower, which was inspired by the mausoleum of the Plateau des Antiques in St Rémy. The vau..

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