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Arles - Cultural place

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'.

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  • Address

    Place De la République
    13200 Arles

  • Phone

    • 04 90 96 07 38
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Where to stay

LES CIGALES - N° 348
Holiday rental

LES CIGALES - N° 348

Arles

Villa T2 bungalow (50 m²) for 2-4 persons without animals, fenced Garden (250 m²), about 1.5 km from the city centre. You can park the car in the garden. Quiet area. Kitchen: fridge, 2 hotplates, mini-oven, microwave, washing machine. Living room: sofa - bed, TV. Room: lite does 140. Bathroom:…

LE MAZET 36 - N° 1070
Holiday rental

LE MAZET 36 - N° 1070

Arles

Our "typical of Camargue" residence is a model of provencal village.Our accomodations, no. 35 and no. 36 are located in a site of tourism with many activities, all available for tenants. The residence is perfectly closed and secure. Our accomodations, inside this residence have a garden enclosed…

At Mia Casa
B&B

At Mia Casa

Arles

In the heart of the historic centre, just a stone's throw from the Rhône quays and on a pedestrian street, a charming guesthouse and place of internships, creative retreats, cultural/artistic stays and parent-child workshops. Residence of author and artists. Vast guest rooms and family suite,…

Mas du Petit Poun - N° 190530
Holiday rental

Mas du Petit Poun - N° 190530

Arles

A 7 kms d'Arles, tournant le dos à la voie rapide (N113), mas donnant sur les prés. Petites routes idéales à parcourir en vélo et permettant de rejoindre Arles. Entièrement en rez de chaussée, et disposant d'une cour/terrasse ombragée par un beau tilleul et privative fermée, gîte…

Midi Workshop
B&B

Midi Workshop

Arles

Exceptional location between the Thermae of Constantin and the Musée Réattu, this House Gallery offers 3 beautiful rooms at low prices. 5 minutes walk from the train station and all the monuments, the welcome is friendly and family-run.Breakfast on the terrace in the warm season.Parking nearby

LE 25 - N° 3740
Holiday rental

LE 25 - N° 3740

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.

A mia Casa
Communal accommodation

A mia Casa

Arles

In the heart of the historic centre, a stone's throw from the Rhône quays and on a pedestrian street, a charming guest house and place of internships, creative retreats, cultural/artistic stays and parent-child workshops. Residence of author and artists. Large guest rooms and family suites with…

Eggplant Red
B&B

Eggplant Red

Arles

Eggplant red naturally is a comfortable house with 3 rooms of comfort, lifestyle and different prices. But it is also and above all an opportunity to share with you our knowledge about Arles Camargue er and make your stay with us a sweet moment of happiness. Minimum stay of 3 nights in season.

Elegant and bright townhouse
Holiday rental

Elegant and bright townhouse

Arles

This bright and completely renovated town house is ideally located in a quiet and well attended. You have the possibility to park for free in front of the House subject to space available. You also have access to a car park in white area (free 1 h 30 / day) and in the green zone (8 euros day).You…

Things to do

Souleiado
Fashion / shopping

Souleiado

Arles

At Arles, the provencal costume is an institution. Relaunched at the end of the 19th century by Frédéric Mistral, l ' arlésienne symbolizes the cultural identity of the territory. Located at the entrance of the historic centre, shop Souleïado transports you into this universe typically…

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

Boutique Christian Lacroix, style unique, exubérant, coloré et baroque.

The pink polka dot
Craftsman / producer

The pink polka dot

Arles

Creative space 'Audrey's accessories' showroom Studio-boutique for the creation of women's ready-to-wear clothing in sizes 34 to 44. Limited series and one-of-a-kind items.

The hand that think
Craftsman / producer

The hand that think

Arles

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

Naïs
Craftsman / producer

Naïs

Arles

This workshop shop is dedicated to refined, original creations made in France. You will find jewellery, bags, decorative objects and porcelain lamps.

Atelier du cartonnage
Craftsman / producer

Atelier du cartonnage

Arles

Justine DELVAL works in her shop workshop open to the public. It specializes in the design and creation of custom cabinets to present and preserve photographic prints, art books or other precious objects. In addition, it offers bespoke frames in paper edges or in-between glasses. Also collect…

The Arles Vincent Van Gogh Foundation
Cultural place

The Arles Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter": entry: 7EUR instead of 9EURVincent van Gogh is an inescapable figure in 20th century art. To this day, his influence continues with artists and his work exerts an unprecedented magnetism on the public. It was precisely in Arles that he produced his finest masterpieces in…

Bénédicte Charvet
Craftsman / producer

Bénédicte Charvet

Arles

Tables coaching workshop is implanted in a wooded area from the floor to the ceiling. A beautiful volume is offered through a high ceiling where free furniture walls greet tables brackets and frames bearing brackets.

Musee Reattu
Cultural place

Musee Reattu

Arles

Formerly known as the Grand Prieuré de l'Ordre de Malte (Grand Priory of the Order of Malta). The Grand Priory was originally formed of two adjoining commanderies, each built around an inner courtyard. Of the Saliers commandery built in the 15th century, the southern façade of the inner…

Where to eat

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Food guide restaurant

Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop

Arles

The workshop is a sensory Gallery where throughout the year Jean Luc Rabanel and his team present their culinary creations. The decoration is sober and contemporary, the service is simple, accurate and attentive. The head formed a team of young and dynamic professionals who closely reflect his…

Entrevue
Cuisine de Provence

Entrevue

Arles

The interview is a culinary institution of Arles for more than 20 years!Ideally located on the banks of the Rhône to the Méjan, the restaurant and its terrace adjoins the Actes Sud Bookstore, a cinema and a hammam. A cosmopolitan place where we meet around a kitchen from the 2 shores of the…

L'Adresse
Cuisine de Provence

L'Adresse

Arles

With its warm hospitality, restaurant the address receive you easy to have a good time with its home-cooked dishes, fresh fish, fresh meat, traditional dishes and House, real craft burger, carpaccio of beef and Duck House without forgetting its formula from the noon to 15 euros with dish +…

Next to the bistro
Food guide restaurant

Next to the bistro

Arles

Jean Luc Rabanel drew in his childhood memories and in its early years of learning in the kitchen to create this open and warm places. "Next to the Bistro" is not a dependency of the workshop, it is a unique place that has its own vocation and its own personality.Jean Luc Rabanel and his team…

Plaza (La Paillotte)
Food guide restaurant

Plaza (La Paillotte)

Arles

Restaurant located in the ancient center of the city of Arles, close to the hotels, monuments and museums of the city, especially in the same street as the Vincent van Gogh Arles Foundation.The restaurant's rooms have exposed stone walls of ceilings with wooden beams.The decoration is based on…

Thistle
Food guide restaurant

Thistle

Arles

Thistle is a place of life, exchange and sharing located in the center of Arles. It is a restaurant that welcomes chefs in residence therefore which aims and aims to constantly evolve.Thistle offers a lunch menu (starter - main course - dessert) at 29 euros and a menu "Feed Me" at 39 euros in the…

Au brin de Thym
Cuisine de Provence

Au brin de Thym

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter": 1 aperitif or 1 coffee offeredRestaurant conveniently located between the Forum and the Rhone, just a step from the Van Gogh Foundation.Mediterranean cuisine, local and seasonal products.

Escaladou
Cuisine de Provence

Escaladou

Arles

Located in the heart of the city of Arles, at the crossroads of the arenas and the ancient Theatre, the escaladou welcomes you lunch from 12: 00 to 14: 00 and dinner from 19 h to 22 h. Provençal specialities are à la carte, to the delight of lovers of authentic flavours.

El Paséo
Cuisine de Provence

El Paséo

Arles

Restaurant, bar has wines, tapas flamenco atmosphere with its bullfighting space.