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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Where to stay

Hotel SPA le Calendal
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Hotel SPA le Calendal

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Hotel - Spa, located in the heart of the historical centre, between the ancient theatre and the amphitheatre. A charming, comfortable and welcoming hotel. Free WiFi, air conditioning.The Calendal counter: Garden Café offers quick catering and gourmet all day from 8 h to 20 h garden with…

HOSTELLERIE of the Source
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HOSTELLERIE of the Source

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The hostellerie de source traces the history singing and sunny of the Camargue Provençal. The hotel has 25 rooms, including a part in bungalows around the pool. All are equipped with bathroom with shower or bathtub, TV, alarm clock, hairdryer - and WIFI internet access.The Hostellerie of the…

Le 25
Holiday rental

Le 25

Arles

Ideally located in the heart of Arles, in front of the arena, this typically Arles House of 70 m² on three levels has been entirely renovated and equipped.Guests among other WiFi, linens, TV and kitchen fully equipped for your comfort and your independence.

Lucien Clergue
Holiday rental

Lucien Clergue

Arles

The campaign in the city : that is what the Clos de l'Isle offers. Not far from the city centre of Arles, but in a quiet area, this XVIIIth century traditionnal Camarguese house proposes 2 beds & breakfasts and 2 gites. The gite Lucien Clergue is located on the 1st floor of the house, with…

Residence Club of Camargue
Resort

Residence Club of Camargue

Arles

Club de Camargue Residence consists of small buildings on the ground floor or floor and offers studios or 2 rooms for 4 people: air conditioning, living room with sofa bed 2 people, TV, kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, plates), bathroom with bath or shower and WC (separated in the…

Le Gite De Monplaisir
Holiday rental

Le Gite De Monplaisir

Arles

Cottage new, in a contemporary style, composed a very bright living room opening onto the large covered terrace facing South, with sofa BZ, bed 140, open kitchen (dishwasher), bathroom with toilet, mezzanine bedroom bed 140, plenty of storage.Services: shady garden with barbecue and sun…

Les Flamants
Holiday rental

Les Flamants

Arles

Dans la campagne d'Arles, à l'entrée du Village Camarguais (village de vacances), ensemble résidentiel proposant 5 logements (3 au premier niveau et desservis par une coursive, 2 en rez de chaussée), le logement du propriétaire, 3 chambres d'hôtes en rez de jardin, l'espace de forme et bien…

Coup De Coeur
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Coup De Coeur

Arles

Furnished 2nd floor apartment (fridge freezer, 2 ovens etc.) 60m² plus mezzanine overlooking the Arena. 17th century building, antique furniture. Large living room (40 m²), bedroom with bathroom, separate WC with washbasin. Perfect condition.

Studio Arlésien
Holiday rental

Studio Arlésien

Arles

The farmhouse is located next to Arles and the Camargue, on a small country road. It offers 2 gites (a 3rd one is under construction) and a caravan. On a large fenced plot with olive groves and green spaces, secured swimming pool (10x5m) from April to September (9h/20h), gym (fitness equipment),…

Things to do

Cryptoportico of the Forum
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Cryptoportico of the Forum

Arles

Date: Late 1st century BC.Time: Antiquity Type: public Architecture of Community status: property of the city of Arles classified as Monument historique (1841) the Unesco World Heritage (1981).The cryptoportico form the bedrock, the invisible part of the forum, the Roman city's central public…

The Marshall district
Site

The Marshall district

Arles

The District of the Marshall ("from the Middle") occupies a modest surface between the city (or town hall) and the arugula, on the edge of the Rhône.Its history dates back to the medieval renaissance of the city, around the 12th century. Habitat, it differs little from the neighbouring districts…

Méli Labo
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Méli Labo

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Deco designs, fashion accessories

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Hortus

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Roman inspired garden. This garden, a green racecourse, is inspired by writing in the late first or early second century AD by Pline le Jeune! Discover this public space in the form of the Roman circus. You can play (play kit at the front desk of the museum), stroll and relax Roman-style.

Atôme Boutik
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Atôme Boutik

Arles

At the corner of the streets of Arles centre, come and discover this colourful and very nice decoration shop that combines successfully the very modern and Provençal. There are contemporary objects (vases, mirrors, cicadas, candles...) and memories more local color (bulls Wicker hanging on the…

Place du Forum
Site

Place du Forum

Arles

This Place, in the heart of town, has always symbolised meetings and exchanges. In Antiquity the square was next to the main forum (late 1st century BC), and the economic and political centre of the Roman administration; in the Middle Ages it became the main centre for commercial transactions. It…

Roland Gilles workshop
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Roland Gilles workshop

Arles

Wrought iron Art, metal carpentry, automation.

The hand that think
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The hand that think

Arles

Workshop, manufacture and sale of ceramic decorative and utilitarian objects.

Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles
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Atelier mosaïque d'art Schiano Charles

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Creation of large and small decorative and functional mosaics. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Where to eat

Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
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Garden Cafe - counter Calendal

Arles

The Garden Cafe is a counter of the Calendal offering on the spot or to take light meals: bio bread sandwiches, small dishes simmered in chinaramaiah, soups, salads, while freshness, sweets, selection of teas weddings brothers, capuccino, beers etc...Pause gourmande in the salons of le Calendal…

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Next to the bistro

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This is Jean-Luc Rabanel's second star-rated establishment, serving friendlier-priced and more family-style food. The gourmet dishes are crafted with the expertise of one of France's greatest contemporary cooks. Traditional salt cod and stewed chicken take on a whole new lease of life here. The…

Hostellerie of the Source
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Hostellerie of the Source

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Located a few minutes from the centre of Arles, a natural spring ("Source") has been happily bubbling away here since the 19th century in the tree-filled garden, bordering a swimming pool. This Mediterranean oasis, lined with weeping willows and oleander, offers feminine retakes on Provencal and…

Saint Pierre
Food guide restaurant

Saint Pierre

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Helena in the kitchen prepares traditional local cuisine, among other specialities such as bouillabaisse, the bourride lotte, aioli and prepared meals of grand mother, restaurant Saint Pierre is located in the city centre of Arles in the District of Trinquetaille, only the Rhone bridge isolates…

Plaza (La Paillotte)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

Arles

Restaurant very well located in the centre of the city of Arles. Near hotels, monuments, museums and the Foundation Van Gogh. The restaurant bathrooms with exposed stone walls and beams wood ceilings.The decoration of the restaurant is based on bullfighting and Provence. A beautiful shaded…

Salle à manger
Food guide restaurant

Salle à manger

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In the heart of the Cuisines de l'Atelier, this space is available for private hire and reserved for large groups. A new way of discovering the world of Jean Luc Rabanel For groups

16
Food guide restaurant

16

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Of the 16 girls, we offer simple and family Bistro cuisine concocted according to the market.

Galoubet
Food guide restaurant

Galoubet

Arles

Bistro cuisine around the fireplace in winter and under the arbour when the weather is warm (foie gras, artichoke hearts, veal liver, catfish, roast pineapple, poached pears, etc.).

Autruche
Food guide restaurant

Autruche

Arles

'Neo-bistro' restaurant with a beautiful terrace in the town centre. Modern cuisine and fresh produce in this 'house' which is starting to make a name for itself.

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