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

Au coin de la Roquette, maison entière
Holiday rental

Au coin de la Roquette, maison entière

Arles

Maison sur 3 niveaux pouvant accueillir jusqu'à 8 personnes, salon-salle à manger et cuisine au rez-de-chaussée, 2 étages avec chacun une salle d'eau, des toilettes, une kitchenette, une chambre et un salon avec canapé convertible . Située en plein centre, proche de tous les commerces,…

Beauduc
Holiday rental

Beauduc

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…

T2 Maeva
Holiday rental

T2 Maeva

Arles

T2 furnished 4/6 people in a holiday home at 4 km from the city center, on the 2nd and last floor. Easy parking in a residence. Large park. Many sports facilities on the site, some free: mini golf, bowling, pool, others paying: tennis, squash, fitness center, hammam, etc.. Summer: swimming pool,…

Mon voisin Van Gogh
Holiday rental

Mon voisin Van Gogh

Arles

The 17th century house renovated in the heart of the historical centre of Arles. Adjacent to the Vincent van Gogh Foundation, it is the ideal starting point for a discovery walk from all the sights and cultural riches of the city.Mixture of old and modern, the spaces are designed for the comfort…

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…

Le gîte de Monplaisir
Holiday rental

Le gîte 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…

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…

Forum
Hotel

Forum

Arles

"You are in the heart of the city"!When we located the place of the Forum on the map of city of Arles it is difficult to appoint its position otherwise.To the rhythm of the heart, lives the microcosm of the place of the Forum: to the right of the statue of Mistral, the coffee the night guard its…

La Fleury
Holiday rental

La Fleury

Arles

The House is located in the neighborhood of the rocket a few steps from the shops, restaurants and monuments.The location is quiet and ideal for visiting the historical places in the city but also the region (Camargue, Alpilles, Provencal villages...). The fully air-conditioned House combining…

Things to do

Land running
Craftsman / producer

Land running

Arles

Laetitia Di Gioia makes enamelled sandstone dishes for every day. She chooses to work with the softness of colors, shapes with simple and contemporary lines, and velvety matte textures.These pieces are all shot in small series, entirely handmade.She is inspired by the Burgundian nature of her…

Etat des lieux
Souvenirs shopping

Etat des lieux

Arles

Present on the scene for more than 20 years, State of places puts forward the Art of the table, furniture, fixture and playful objects. With an area of 120 m2, you will find many brands in the different areas: Alessi, Kartell, Luce Plan and pylons coexist among other equally renowned for their…

Space Van Gogh
Cultural place

Space Van Gogh

Arles

Garden open and can be accessed freely during the day Former Hôtel-Dieu, also called Hôtel-Dieu-Saint-Esprit. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries, the vast quadrilateral of the Hôtel-Dieu has a two-fold context: a period of prosperity and modernisation by the town on the one hand, and a well…

Conservatoire du santon Provençal
Cultural place

Conservatoire du santon Provençal

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter": 2.5EUR instead of 3.5EUR The Conservatory of the Provençal Santon inaugurated in 2017, was created by the santonnier Henri Vezolles. Surrounded by collector friends, they decided to exhibit to the public their most beautiful santons.It is undoubtedly one of the…

Place de la République
Cultural place

Place de la République

Arles

The Place de la République, in the town centre, is the result of progressive development through a number of architectural and urban operations. It is to the south of the old Roman forum. In the Middle Ages, it was reduced to a narrow forecourt between Saint-Trophime Church and Sainte-Anne…

Actes Sud
Souvenirs shopping

Actes Sud

Arles

Située au coeur de la vieille ville sur les berges du Rhône, la librairie ACTES SUD vous accueille dans un cadre chaleureux et convivial. Après avoir flâné parmi les rayons, vous pourrez faire vos choix de livres et disques, confortablement installés dans un canapé ou faire appel à nos…

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…

Les Olivades
Fashion / shopping

Les Olivades

Arles

Located in the heart of the Camargue and Provence, Esprit Provençal strives to offer you the most traditional:- Clothes of gardians and shavings- Coats, jackets, sweaters, shirts, t-shirts, polo shirts, vests, dresses, skirts ... in the colours of the region- Dishes, tablecloths, tea towels,…

Relais du Bois sacré
Outdoor leisure

Relais du Bois sacré

Arles

- Carburants: GO, SP98, SP95 - Vente de GAZ en bouteilles - Location de Vélos adultes et enfants : tandem, VTT, VTC, charette, siège bébé - Location de véhicules - Boutique Alimentaire (Epicerie sucrée, salée, boissons, produits frais et produits surgelés) et non alimentaire…

Where to eat

Waux Hall
Cuisine de Provence

Waux Hall

Arles

One of the oldest breweries in the city of Arles welcomes you with pleasure every day from the small café 7:00 in the morning until the small glass (cocktai, aperitif, digestive) 23:00, allowing you to eat with a completely "homemade" kitchen that varies with the seasons.The Waux Hall lives and…

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…

Infin Coffee
Restaurants à emporter

Infin Coffee

Arles

Offer "Arles in winter": a coffee offered with formulas.Warm coffee shop bathed in light, offering a specialty coffee, cakes, granola, soup, salad, sandwiches based on local products.It's all homemade.Continuous service: the entire menu at all hours.

Bazar Café
Restaurants à emporter

Bazar Café

Arles

Bazar Café is a coffeeshop that serves specialty coffee and exceptional tea. We serve brunches in continuous service from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and vegetarian and vegan Buddha bowls at lunchtime. All our cuisine is made on site from fresh, local and organic products. We have an upstairs room with…

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.).

Mimosa
Restaurants à emporter

Mimosa

Arles

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

Apsara
Restaurants à emporter

Apsara

Arles

Welcome to the Apsara restaurant! All our products with the exception of the steamed ravioli are homemade in a traditional way. Our cooking for your pleasure requires a preparation to the minute, if you have a need for time please let us know in order to better satisfy you.

Meinado Arles
Restaurants à emporter

Meinado Arles

Arles

Meinado is the result of a long tradition in the service of taste, which is based on the foundations of a great family history. Bakery, pastry, pastries, but also snacking, catering and prepared meals. Take away, a large room allows you to eat on site, and enjoy a real break, in a cozy and…

Chez Flo
Restaurants à emporter

Chez Flo

Arles

The new snack "Chez Flo" opens its doors this Monday, October 19 to discover its snacking formulas and its dishes of the day, homemade and with love! Salads, sandwiches, burgers, quiches and daily specials, there will be something for everyone!