Primatiale Saint Trophime

Arles - Monument

Date: 12th and 15th centuries
Era: Middle Ages
Type: Religious architecture
Status: Property of the Town of Arles and listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in1981
The Christian community of Arles was one of the first in Gaul, with the presence of a Bishop documented in 254.
Furthermore, for a while Arles Cathedral had the status of Primatial Church of the Gauls and remained the site of an Archbishopric until the Revolution. It is currently a parish church.
Originally located near the ancient rampart of L'Hauture, the cathedral was moved close to the old Roman forum around the 5th century.
It was built in several stages and the majority of the monument we see today dates from the 12th century, when its originally sombre façade was accentuated with its magnificent historiated statues.
The building is one of the largest in Romanesque Provence.
It is also a church of relics on the Way of St James. A Gothic chancel has replaced the 15th century Romanesque apses.
The monument was erected in several stages.
It has the characteristic layout of Provençal buildings: a high nave with five broken barrel vaulted bays, flanked by narrow side-aisles and a very short transept whose cross is surmounted by a cupola and supports the bell tower.
The chancel had a main apse and two absidioles.
To the west, a sumptuously decorated portal completes the layout.
Finally, a long Gothic chevet with ambulatory and radiating chapels replaced the old Romanesque chancel in the mid-15th century.
The portal, dedicated to Judgement Day, is also faithfully reproduced model and an illustration of the glories of Arles Church.
The composition superposes three main themes: the assembly of patron saints, the Divine Epic and the Human Epic, from the Fall to the future fate of the chosen ones and the damned.
The composition culminates in the solemn, triumphal image of Christ. The dominant feature of this magnificent work is the extent of its ancient inspiration; its Roman cultural heritage is a symbol of a real 'renaissance'.

Information provided byOT Arles

  • Contact

    Place De la République
    13200 Arles

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    • 04 90 96 07 38
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Where to stay

La Salamandre
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La Salamandre

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A 10-minute walk from the town centre in a quiet residential area, nice 45 m² apartment on the ground floor adjoining a villa with a sunny terrace, garden, private parking, living room / fully equipped kitchen, and a bathroom. Ideal for 2-3 people.

La Villa M
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La Villa M

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Au coeur d'Arles, sur le boulevard principal qui conduit dans les vieux quartiers, belle maison de maître du XIXè avec petit jardin, terrasse et parking fermé. Rénovée tout récemment, cette maison associe en toute élégance dans ses équipements et sa décoration le contemporain et…

Château Cornillon
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Château Cornillon

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Chateau Cornillon is a large mansion in a park with plane trees, chestnut trees, lime trees, magnolias, palms, lavender and laurel and more. Enjoy this Provençal landscape from the shaded terrace in the beautiful Mediterranean sun. We welcome you all year round in our guest rooms and our table…

Villa Laure
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Villa Laure

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Three guest rooms in villa with garden with trees and flowers.Breakfast included, sheets, towels provided.Very close to Arles (2.5 km from the centre, 1.5 km from the Luma Foundation). Combining the Camargue, Alpilles and Provence. Ideally located between Marseille, Montpellier, Aix en Provence,…

Arles Liberte
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Arles Liberte

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This large apartment is located in the historic heart of Arles in a beautiful building former, at two steps from the place of the Forum.Bright, crossing, he was on more than 110 m² and has 3 large rooms each with a double bed. Each room is illuminated by two double windows with typical blinds…

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The City Camping is a family campsite situated in Camargue Arles.Ideally positioned, not far from the city centre of Arles while keeping the peace and tranquility of a secluded, you will spend an unforgettable stay in our beautiful Provence.Camping City is equipped with mobile homes for hire and…

Balladins
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Balladins

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7-minute drive from the centre of Arles, the Balladins Arles is located between Nîmes and Marseille, the Spanish and Italian borders. It offers free WIFI and parking closed and closed.The air-conditioned rooms have flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer.…

Museum
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Museum

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Opposite the Réattu Museum, next to the baths of Constantine and the Rhône Valley, this former mansion of the 16th and 17th century is located in the heart of the historic town, high place of encounter and culture. You will find in this building, calm, comfort, warm hospitality, patio, art…

Le Bénézet
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Le Bénézet

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House of charm on 3 levels, located in the old Center of the rocket, at the heart of a quiet and picturesque street, close to paying parking spaces from 9 h to 19 h and parking near the Museum District Arles Antique.Minimum 3 nights rental. Sheets are provided except in July and August:…

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Jute
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Jute

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This is the shoe of summer and well better choose his pair so that it lasts or to its beautiful (her beau). This very nice sneakers shop opened by a couple created, Ian and Elena, is therefore very well. Here you will know all about the materials or workmanship, because everything is handmade by…

Cloister of St. Trophime
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Cloister of St. Trophime

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Date: 12th-14th century Era: Middle Ages Type: Religious architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1846 and 1943 and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981 Saint Trophime Cloister is at the centre of the canonical buildings of the episcopal…

Marie Couture
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Marie Couture

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I create made-to-measure Mireille costumes and the accompanying accessories. I work with passion so that you can take part in Provençal processions. You can choose from different types of lace made from cotton, muslin, tarlatan, cotton tulle and cotton fabric. I offer a large selection of…

Sophie Lassagne M��ller
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Sophie Lassagne M��ller

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Creation of limited series of fine, utilitarian pottery with beautiful colours and pure lines. Also, creation of one-of-a-kind items from burnished, smoke-fired clay.

L' épicerie du Baravin
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L' épicerie du Baravin

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Si le Baràvin connu pour sa table, anime avec ses DJ, planche de charcuterie et bons vins les soirées branchées arlésiennes, l’épicerie du même nom permet d’y retrouver pour chez soi, les excellents produits proposés à la carte. Dans cette boutique où tout est beau (et pas seulement…

Place du Forum
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Place du Forum

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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…

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Atôme Boutik
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Atôme Boutik

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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…

The Indian of N��mes
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The Indian of N��mes

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Gardian clothing: men, women, children (from 2 years old). Linens, fabric per metre, Pikes and boutis.Home, furniture, arts of the table decoration

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Le Réfectoire
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Gueule du Loup
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Lou marks
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