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
La Maison Bleue
Charming house in the historical and preservation centre of Arles, close to the Bullring and the Church of the Major. Its privileged location allows to enjoy walk from all historic monuments of the city and events (cultural, markets...).Located at the bottom of a small courtyard where reigns an…
Welcome to the hotel Constantin Arles. This 2-star hotel located in the city center of Arles offers a warm and comfortable accommodation to all who want to discover Arles and the Camargue.Easy access, lined with plenty of parking.Bernadette and Alain will be happy to welcome you to their…
The hotel of the amphitheatre is located in the historical centre of Arles, between the ancient theatre and the arena. This 17th century renovated mansion offers the qualities of modern comforts, such as air conditioning, WI FI and soundproofing and the charm of a remains of the past.
The Hôtel Particulier
Located a few metres from the historical city centre of the pretty town of Arles, the particular hotel opens its doors for an idyllic stay in the heart of a verdant region. This mansion dating from the 17th century will delight you with its splendid rooms elegantly decorated in a mix of textures…
Things to do
The Château du Bois is a signature of excellence in the field of natural cosmetics. It offers a range of cosmetics 'made in France', and shares a universe of dream with the beautiful Lavender fields of the domain, a revelation for the senses, a legacy of work, expertise and passion. Cosmetic…
Primatiale Saint Trophime
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…
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Date: End of the first century BC Era: Antiquity Type: Public cultural architecture Status: Property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1840 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. The Roman Theatre of Arles, which preceded its famous neighbour the amphitheatre by a…
Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian
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…
The District of la Roquette
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…
Where to eat
Helena in the kitchen prepares traditional local cuisine, among other specialities such as bouillabaisse, the bourride lotte, aioli and prepared meals of grand mother, restaurant Saint Pierre is located in the city centre of Arles in the District of Trinquetaille, only the Rhone bridge isolates…
Best Western Hôtel Atrium
Discover the BEST WESTERN hotel Atrium restaurant in Arles: taste totally reinvented Provencal cuisine, which offers Mediterranean accents and sunny plates. The pastry chef, meanwhile will delight the most gourmet palate...And to taste our dishes as it should, you will have the choice between our…
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…
Thistle is a place of life, located sharing and Exchange in the centre of Arles at 35-37 rue des Arènes, main artery of the old centre.This is a Bistro/bar, which offers small plates, a selection of live wines and a map of original cocktails. Any offer is focused on the maximum use of local…
Next to the bistro
This is Jean-Luc Rabanel's second star-rated establishment, serving friendlier-priced and more family-style food. The gourmet dishes are crafted with the expertise of one of France's greatest contemporary cooks. Traditional salt cod and stewed chicken take on a whole new lease of life here. The…
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Provence "à la mode"
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