Place de la République
Arles - Site
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 Church. Its current surface area was then occupied by several residential blocks.
It was mainly after the construction of the town hall, in the 17th century, that the Place changed considerably.
Over time, it gained monuments of different styles and with different purposes; it eventually contained original features, punctuated by a number of façades, giving it the appearance of an Italian square.
Its large size allows the public to gather there during major traditional events, such as the triannual election of the 'Queen of Arles'.
The Place de la République is noteworthy for the very diverse architecture of its monuments, making it a remarkable collection of art history.
Antiquity is well represented, with the obelisk from the Roman cirque. The façade of Saint-Trophime church, built in the 12th century, was given its magnificent historiated portal for the coronation of Emperor Frédéric Barberousse in 1178.
The clock tower with its antique décor is characteristic of sophisticated Provençal Renaissance architecture. Local councillors wanted to conserve it during the construction of the hôtel de ville, itself a triumph of the Classical style.
Saint Anne Church, built between 1614 and 1630, has clear remnants of the southern Gothic style in its nave. The archbishop's palace was redeveloped in the 17th century; its current façade was, however, rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.
Finally, the former post office, constructed in the late 19th century, epitomises in itself the eclectic architecture of the era just as well as the square.
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Where to stay
The farmhouse is located next to Arles and the Camargue, on a small country road. It offers 2 gites (a 3rd one is under construction) and a caravan. On a large fenced plot with olive groves and green spaces, secured swimming pool (10x5m) from April to September (9h/20h), gym (fitness equipment),…
The New Generation hotel 3 stars has 41 air-conditioned rooms accommodating up to 3 people. All our rooms are equipped in a modern and functional way: recessed flat screen, free Wifi access, bathroom with bathtub or shower and hairdryer, telephone and tray with kettle Hotel Campanile Arles, New…
House in the historic town centre of Arles, quiet, pedestrian street (with garage). On the ground floor: living room (tv, sofa, 3 armchairs), dining room (with high chair for baby), kitchen (fridge, stove with oven, coffee maker, microwave, toaster), wc, private inner courtyard with garden…
Les Hameaux de Camargue
Discover the Camargue hamlets villas!Within the Village of Camargue, enjoy apartments and studios fully equipped for 2-6 people, for your stay, business or leisure, for a night, a weekend, a week or more...Maximum comfort for a pleasant stay, with family or friends, in a warm and peaceful…
Mas du Lion
1 room (20 m²) overlooks the garden with its large window, it has a 160 bed, air conditioning, fridge, micro wave, TV and Internet access, covered parking.Room 2 has a window which overlooks the garden, two beds 90. Possibility of an extra bed (€15).The bathroom is equipped with a large…
Things to do
L' épicerie du Baravin
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Actes Sud Cinemas
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Cloister of St. Trophime
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…
Where to eat
Garden Cafe - counter Calendal
The Garden Cafe is a counter of the Calendal offering on the spot or to take light meals: bio bread sandwiches, small dishes simmered in chinaramaiah, soups, salads, while freshness, sweets, selection of teas weddings brothers, capuccino, beers etc...Pause gourmande in the salons of le Calendal…
Gueule du Loup
There are no bobbins to pull here and no latches to go up. This little house built in 1780 offers no danger to Little Red Riding Hoods all they have to do is choose between the two dining rooms, one facing the ground floor kitchen and the other with exposed stone walls on the first floor. There's…
With classroom chairs and shared tables, the décor is, naturally, reminiscent of childhood canteens. The rest is more state-of-the-art: the reasonably-priced menu is the work of a Michelin-starred chef (Armand Arnal, of La Chassagnette), in a converted industrial building (the former SNCF…
Meeting of traditional and regional recipes, restaurant gourmet Lou Marquès (renovated in 2014 by M Christian Lacroix) offers a classic, refined and tasty cuisine carefully prepared by our chefs.The restaurant's terrace turns into a bistro in the beautiful days and our garden near the swimming…
Plaza (La Paillotte)
Restaurant very well located in the centre of the city of Arles. Near hotels, monuments, museums and the Foundation Van Gogh. The restaurant bathrooms with exposed stone walls and beams wood ceilings.The decoration of the restaurant is based on bullfighting and Provence. A beautiful shaded…
Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
Every gourmet knows his name: Jean-Luc Rabanel is one of the stars of French gastronomy and a major personality, who has been tending to his kitchen garden for over 30 years. A master of vegetables, spokesman for organic produce and pioneer of the "locavore" local food trend, this chef transcends…