Primatiale Saint Trophime

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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Information provided by OT Arles

  • Address

    Place De la République
    13200 Arles

  • Phone

    • 04 90 96 07 38
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Where to 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.

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.

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…

SOWELL Family Amandiers
Hotel

SOWELL Family Amandiers

Arles

Located 4km from Arles, the Camarguais Village covers 35 hectares. It offers many facilities and services for the whole family: a 450m2 heated swimming pool, made up of 3 communicating pools including a paddling pool, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, multi-sport fields, mini-golf, equestrian…

L ' Arlésienne
Campsite

L ' Arlésienne

Arles

Between Camargue and Provence, this beautiful camping 3 * you welcome and welcomes you until 2 November. On-site: heated swimming pool and paddling pool, playground for children, evening entertainment and service restoration, is thought to make your stay more enjoyable! And to enjoy joys of…

Brit Hotel Acacias - Arles
Hotel

Brit Hotel Acacias - Arles

Arles

Welcome to the Brit Hotel Les Acacias, our hotel in Arles welcomes you for your stay in a city of inexhaustible historical riches.Ideally located between the arenas and the SNCF train station, our hotel welcomes you daily from 7:15 a.m. to 10 p.m.There is free public parking near the hotel to…

Le paysage a inspiré Van Gogh
Holiday rental

Le paysage a inspiré Van Gogh

Arles

Beautiful ground floor housing with a surface area of 50 m 2, located 5 minutes from the heart of Arles. The place is punctuated in the summer by the quiet chirping of cicadas. The Spa/jacuzzi pool will come to cool off the hot summer day. The apartment is equipped with a quiet room (bed 160 x…

Of la Muette
Hotel

Of la Muette

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter":For booking 3 nights live, the 4th is offered!My building:I'm a very old building. My walls are filled with history, some of them date from the 12th century, others are made of stone from the wall of Augustus. My labyrinth look was given to me by the destruction and…

First class
Hotel

First class

Arles

Economic hotel in exit direction Nîmes, in a shopping area in 5 minutes from the centre of Arles, air-conditioned, individual bathroom in each room, TV. Breakfast at will to 5, 90EUR. Public transport nearby.

Things to do

The hand that think
Craftsman / producer

The hand that think

Arles

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

The Major coffee
Shopping gourmand

The Major coffee

Arles

Coffees from the Major adventure lasts since 1935, year of creation of favorable business. Already installed in the historic district of the hauture, two steps from the Church of the Major, the Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the small business provides homes and Arles coffee a product of…

Véloc
Outdoor leisure

Véloc

Arles

Repair of bicycles

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian
Craftsman / producer

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian

Arles

This small family business has made a specialty of Gardian clothing, these guardians of Camargue manade: how Indian shirt, black velvet jackets, trousers in "Mole skin" adorned on the side with a thin black lace skirts covered... Models, the colors of Camargue and Provence, are entirely…

Actes Sud Cinemas
Cultural place

Actes Sud Cinemas

Arles

Actes Sud Cinemas (formerly 'Le Méjan Cinema') has been renovated and taken over new spaces in order to welcome the public and organise meetings with film teams. It now has three arthouse screens. The programme has strong links with the editorial policy of Actes Sud and promotes 'auteur cinema'…

Manade Jalabert
Family recreation

Manade Jalabert

Arles

The Jalabert family has been breeding pure Camargue horses and fighting bulls at the Mas de la Chassagne for four generations. In this 350-hectare estate in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Camargue, near Arles, Luc and Marc Jalabert invite you to discover their livestock in their…

Musée départemental Arles antique
Cultural place

Musée départemental Arles antique

Arles

Museum of Archaeology, from Prehistory (2,500 BC) until the end of Antiquity (6th century), including the prestigious items found in the Rhône (bust of Julius Caesar, statue of Neptune, etc.) From 6 April to 1 September 2013, the museum will house the 'Rodin, the Light of Antiquity' exhibition…

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.

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

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…

Del Arte Ristorante
Restaurants à emporter

Del Arte Ristorante

Arles

Your LED RESTAURANT ARTE offers pizzas, pastas, salads, antipasti, dolce and other Italian specialties.Pizza pasta made "on site", Italian wine list, possible group reception.

Mimosa
Restaurants à emporter

Mimosa

Arles

Opening may 6.Mimosa: on-site or take-away kitchen fast and greedy.Homemade with passion!

V G : La cantine végétale
Restaurants à emporter

V G : La cantine végétale

Arles

Restaurant and tea room 100% vegan.It is in the heart of the city that you can find this charming and poetic place in the garden of the Van Gogh space.Marie Muccio offers an elaborate, vegetable, organic and local restaurant with multiple flavours. A diet that takes care of your health and that…

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…

Mamma
Cuisine de Provence

Mamma

Arles

Welcome!In a pleasant and welcoming setting you can enjoy a simple and familiar cuisine based on products quality, lasagne, cannelloni, pizza etc.

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 +…

Sakura
Restaurants à emporter

Sakura

Arles

We are a Japanese restaurant in very pleasant surroundings (around the Amphitheatre, terrace with view of the Amphitheatre); our speciality is raw fish (sushi, sashimi and norimaki). Dishes to eat in or take away; we deliver within Arles and the surrounding area in the evenings only.

ALLORA
Restaurants à emporter

ALLORA

Arles

Traditional Italian food, product costs and Italian wines, French meat, wild fish of Mediterranean, local fruits and vegetables