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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

Jules César
Hotel

Jules César

Arles

Located in the heart of Arles in Provence, the Hotel Jules César offers you a true journey back in time where nothing is left to chance.Built in a former 17th century Carmelite convent, enhanced by 18th century elements and contemporary art and designed by Christian Lacroix, the Julius Caesar…

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…

Beauduc - N° 151278
Holiday rental

Beauduc - N° 151278

Arles

The campaign in the city : this 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. Beauduc gite is completely independent, with private access from the car…

Antonelle - N° 160971
Holiday rental

Antonelle - N° 160971

Arles

In the center of Arles, in the pedestrian area, the City Break Antonelle is a cozy apartment located in the back of a XVIIIth century building. A lot of charm in this apartment : the living room has a ceiling height of 4.54 m and preserved mouldings. Ornamental fireplace.Secure access with code.…

The Mas de Lee
B&B

The Mas de Lee

Arles

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the mas has been in our family for 3 generations. Located on the heights of the plateau, you will enjoy an exceptional view of the city and the Abbey of Montmajour.5 km from the centre of Arles, 10 km from Fontvieille, 19 km from Baux de Provence 27 km…

Villa Laure
B&B

Villa Laure

Arles

Nearby Arles, Camargue, Alpilles and Provence. Easy road access. Bus nearby. Free parking. Close to small neighborhood businesses. Located 2km from the city centre and 1.5 km of the Luma Foundation. The countryside to the city, free parking!Three guest rooms to rent in charming, with flowery…

Inter-Hotel Mireille
Hotel

Inter-Hotel Mireille

Arles

With 60 years of experience, Hotel Mireille and its teams welcome you for exceptional stays close to the city centre of Arles. The neat, colourful and up-to-date decoration is inspired by Provence. The 30 rooms of this hotel near the centre of Arles are known for their comfort and unique…

La Maison Arlésienne - appartement 1er étage
Holiday rental

La Maison Arlésienne - appartement 1er étage

Arles

This fully renovated apartment is located in the heart of the historic centre of Arles, between the Arenas and Forum Square. All amenities are in close proximity but the environment is very quiet. It is located on the first floor of a small building.Functional and well equipped, you can stay…

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.

Things to do

L'Arlésienne
Craftsman / producer

L'Arlésienne

Arles

Creation and hiring of traditional Arlésienne costumes. Wide choice of haberdashery, hosiery and accessories. Legwear, corsets and nightwear for men and women.

Boutique Christian Lacroix
Fashion / shopping

Boutique Christian Lacroix

Arles

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

Manade Fernay
Craftsman / producer

Manade Fernay

Arles

Located close to the Roman town of Arles, Sophie and Olivier Fernay and their dynamic team will give you a warm welcome and allow you to discover their traditional bull-breeding farm, established in 1953, where passion and tradition are key. After being welcomed by the herder, you will go and…

The District of la Roquette
Cultural place

The District of la Roquette

Arles

This district dates back to the Middle Ages and was for a long time the favourite district of mariners; the La Roquette district remains one of the most attractive in town. Its original urban herringbone layout features attractive narrow and sometimes raised houses between the Quai du Rhône and…

Bijouterie Pinus
Craftsman / producer

Bijouterie Pinus

Arles

"Jewellery Pinus, is a family jewelry, creates en1860, specializing in jewelry Provencal.cette shop offers Provence, Camargue and contemporary jewelry in gold, silver, silver-gilt (Silver covered with a layer of gold)." These jewelry can be primarily set with garnets or rose-cut diamonds, but…

Christine Millerin
Craftsman / producer

Christine Millerin

Arles

Follow the wire! One of the memory, life, or the thread of the story, and find that of Christine MILLERIN. She grew up in Casablanca, studied at the fine arts in Mulhouse, the Museum of textile printing, and traverses the France as a stylist for photographers. Then she went back to these first…

The Arles Vincent Van Gogh Foundation
Cultural place

The Arles Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

Arles

Vincent 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 just fifteen months. The Vincent van Gogh Arles…

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…

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.

Where to eat

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.

The Table of Manou
Cuisine de Provence

The Table of Manou

Arles

The Table of Manou welcomes you throughout the day for a gourmet break and offer you a moment of conviviality, around the small dishes prepared by Manou.Come enjoy its delicious pies houses, its Provençal colors salads, not to mention its tasty desserts!Inside or on the terrace, at home and…

Hotel arenas
Cuisine de Provence

Hotel arenas

Arles

In an exceptional setting at the foot of the Arenas, the whole team of the hotel will introduce you to seasonal cuisine, 100% fresh and homemade.Group specialist we have a seating capacity of 80 seats.The shady terrace has a very pleasant misting system in the summer.

Taverne du Forum
Cuisine de Provence

Taverne du Forum

Arles

Terrace seats 80, inside room seats 22.

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…

Bistrot Arlésien
Cuisine de Provence

Bistrot Arlésien

Arles

Located in the heart of the historical centre of Arles on the iconic place of the Forum Arlesien Bistro offers traditional and Provencal cuisine.Our restaurant and terraces offer ideal sunny or shaded to enjoy a lunch or dinner.

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…

The comment
Food guide restaurant

The comment

Arles

The Arlatan restaurant offers a menu of simple dishes adapted to the rhythms of the seasons and introduces you to a selection of Mediterranean and Provençal flavours. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The bar, in its flamboyant décor, immediately immerses you in a colorful universe and makes…

Le Réfectoire
Table 13

Le Réfectoire

Arles

A convivial canteen offering a generous traditional cooking, prepared with fresh seasonal produces, to savour on large tables, inside or outside.