Place de la République
Arles - Cultural place
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
PICASSO - N° 3150
Our hotel is located 4 km from the city center of Arles, in Arles campaign, it includes 3 guest rooms spacious and bright and giving on a small garden where you can take your breakfast when the weather permits. We also have 3 residences equipped. You can relax in a space dedicated to the good be:…
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…
At Mia Casa
In the heart of the historic centre, just a stone's throw from the Rhône quays and on a pedestrian street, a charming guesthouse and place of internships, creative retreats, cultural/artistic stays and parent-child workshops. Residence of author and artists. Vast guest rooms and family suite,…
Villa M is a small mansion located in the centre of Arles. A historic house known to all Arlesians, it surprises travellers with its intimate character and the luxuriance of the vegetation that shelters it from the eyes.The historic centre is across the street from the house and on Saturday…
LA PITCHOUNE DES ARENES - N° 3761
Charming rental on 3 levels, in typically Arles city cottage. Located at 50 building arenas in a very quiet pedestrian street while being at the heart of the historic center.Cosy and renovated you will find all the necessary comfort and a prime location.Sleeping: a bedroom with a bed 140 x 190, a…
Exceptional location between the Thermae of Constantin and the Musée Réattu, this House Gallery offers 3 beautiful rooms at low prices. 5 minutes walk from the train station and all the monuments, the welcome is friendly and family-run.Breakfast on the terrace in the warm season.Parking nearby
Things to do
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Bridge Van Gogh
Named formerly bridge of Langlois time: 19th century Type: public Architecture: engineering status: property of the Tourist Office of the Arles class Monument historic (1988) the name of the staff member responsible to keep it and manipulate it, the 'bridge of Langlois' has acquired world fame…
Conservatoire du santon Provençal
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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…
Located on the outskirts of the city of Arles, the Benedictine abbey of Montmajour is an exceptional example of a monument that bears witness to nearly eight centuries of history and architecture in Provence for a community of 50 to 80 monks consists of several buildings and forms a repertoire of…
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…
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…
Amandine SANDERS graduated in jewellery and has been employed for 10 years. Passionate about creating since childhood, she feels the need to propose its style and its own ideas. She then created his Studio, home, and joined a boutique shared in 2018. Her fancy jewelry highlight of natural stones…
Where to eat
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.
It is in the heart of the old listed residence of the marquis de L'Hoste (15th century), opposite the thermal baths of Constantine (3rd centuries) on the edge of the Rhône, that the Caravel docked for the greatest pleasure of the Arlésiens and people from crossing! House of charm for inspired…
Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
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…
Located in the heart of the city of Arles, at the crossroads of the arenas and the ancient Theatre, the escaladou welcomes you lunch from 12: 00 to 14: 00 and dinner from 19 h to 22 h. Provençal specialities are à la carte, to the delight of lovers of authentic flavours.
Brewery of the workshops
Brasserie des Ateliers " Arles in winter " special offer : a free cup of coffee! The " brasserie " is located just 50 meters from the Luma Tower, a world-class monument where the International Photography Festival takes place. A dining room for 30 guests with tasteful and comfortable…
The interview is a culinary institution of Arles for more than 20 years!Ideally located on the banks of the Rhône to the Méjan, the restaurant and its terrace adjoins the Actes Sud Bookstore, a cinema and a hammam. A cosmopolitan place where we meet around a kitchen from the 2 shores of the…
The restaurant L'amandier is located in the historic center of Arles, near the Roman Theatre and the arena. It welcomes you in a friendly and warm atmosphere.For 28 years we are at your disposal to serve you and please you.We offer you a Provençal cuisine and Moroccan specialties. The kitchen's…
Since 1998, the Bohemia restaurant is open throughout the year. Arch of the 17th century, corner fireplace grilling in the winter and small patio shaded for summer. Competent for the reception of groups we can accommodate 70 people.We offer a full menu at 25EUR, 21EUR duo formula and a vegetarian…