The Amphitheatre

Arles - Monument

The amphitheatre is the most important monument of the ancient Roman colony that has allowed to admire, some two thousand years after its construction. Its architecture is entirely designed in relation to its vocation of place to great shows, hosting a numerous audience. In their initial rise, the bleachers could receive approximately 21 000 viewers, which flows were cleverly organized by a network of doors, galleries and stairs, on several floors.Become at the beginning of the middle ages a real city close and fortified, the building was cleared in the 19th century. He then found for part, its initial function, including bullfighting, which earned him his current common name of 'arenas.Today is the monument of the most visited city, bringing the image of Arles in the world.With a major axis of 136 meters in length and a minor axis of 107 meters, the amphitheatre of Arles is slightly larger than that of Nîmes and the twentieth ranked among those of the Roman world. It has a shape of an ellipse. The facade includes two levels of sixty arches in arches, separated by side walls, massive of rectangular section. A wider opening points out the ends of the two axes of the monument. The main entrance was not North as today, but the West where we see the vestiges of a staircase overlooking the city.The cavea, placeholder to the spectators, included 34 tiers, divided into four series: the maeniana, where spectators were divided according to their rank. It is estimated the initial capacity of the monument to some 21,000 people. To allow visitors to access the different stands, had developed an ingenious device of horizontal passages, and arranged alternately stairs circular galleries.On the ground floor, the outdoor Gallery is particularly noteworthy, including through its coverage of large monolithic slabs. It provided access to an indoor gallery, vaulted arches, which opened on the first maenianum and on the lower part of the second. Outdoor Gallery, stairs could also reach the first mezzanine, where there was access to the second maenanium either for the outdoor Gallery of the first floor. This system of vertical and horizontal movement allowed thus to achieve the highest level of the building. An attic, now defunct, overcame the facade: there were attached poles serving to reach a canopy designed to protect spectators from the Sun.The central part reserved for games and fighting (the arena itself) was separated from the stands by a carefully paired wall: the wall of the podium dressed large slabs of stone. The soil of the track was higher than approximately 2 m above the current level. In fact, it consisted of a wooden floor, whose blades resting on a stone bead, at the top of the lower part of the podium. The machinery necessary to shows lodged between the walls and bases that ensured the stability of the arena.

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