Théâtre Antique

Arles - Cultural place

The Roman Theatre of Arles, which preceded its famous neighbour the amphitheatre by a century, is less well preserved.

Constructed at the end of the 1st century BC, it dates from the first phase of urbanisation of the Roman colony founded by Caesar in 46 BC.

It was built on the L'Hauture hill and was part of the Roman grid system, on the decumanus (East-West road).

It was fortified in the Middle Ages and lost to encroaching construction work; its material was often reused for neighbouring buildings. Even the original function of the monument is unknown.

This function was rediscovered in the late 17th century and its origin was confirmed over the following centuries thanks to a number of archaeological finds excavated from the ground, including the famous 'Venus of Arles'.

It was not until the 19th century that the site was completely cleared.

All that remains are a few seating rows, the orchestra section, the stage curtain area and two tall marble columns topped with a fragment of entablature.

However, the theatre is once again being used as a performance venue, particularly in summer.

The Roman Theatre in Arles has a diameter of 102 m.

Its 33 rows of seats, many of which have now disappeared, backed onto an outer enclosure consisting of three levels of arches.

The theatre could accommodate 10,000 spectators.

The orchestra section is separated from the cavea by a wall, the balteus, in front of which a 1.2 m wide area was reserved for the portable seats of the colony's nobility.

The pulpitum wall marked the separation between the orchestra and the stage area. It was adorned with decorated niches, including with the altar to Apollo which was found in 1828.

Many other areas of the site have revealed remains of this sumptuous decoration. Two staircases connected the orchestra to the stage.

Excavations and scientific studies have revealed the stage's main features.

It was approximately 6 metres deep and flanked by vast parascenia (wings) The stage wall was highly decorated.

It had three levels of columns and a large statuary, including the colossal statue of Augustus which is currently in the Departmental Museum of Ancient Arles. The famous statue of the 'Venus of Arles' is kept at the Louvre.

In the middle of the wall was the Royal gate, flanked on both sides by two columns; only those on one side are still in place today.

The theatre's outer enclosure comprised 27 arches resting on strong pillars. This façade had three levels, which can today only be seen in the southern section, included in the Tower of Roland, which was built in the early Middle Ages.

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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.

Ma Villa Arles
B&B

Ma Villa Arles

Arles

It is in a mansion from the end of the 19th century that Ma Villa - Arles welcomes its guests. All the charm of the architecture of this period, mixed with contemporary design. 4 very comfortable bedrooms, including a suite with its private 20 m² terrace, all equipped with air conditioning,…

Coup de Coeur
Holiday rental

Coup de Coeur

Arles

Furnished 2nd floor apartment (fridge freezer, 2 ovens etc.) 60m² plus mezzanine overlooking the Arena. 17th century building, antique furniture. Large living room (40 m²), bedroom with bathroom, separate WC with washbasin. Perfect condition.

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…

Midi Workshop
B&B

Midi Workshop

Arles

Exceptional location between the Thermes de Constantin and the Réattu museum, this house-gallery offers 3 pretty rooms at reasonable prices. A 10-minute walk from the station and all the monuments, the welcome is family and friendly. Breakfast on the terrace in the hot season. Paid parking…

Voltaire

Voltaire

Arles

Ideally located in the heart of the city centre, 2 steps from the bullring, the hotel Voltaire offers its guests a unique experience. Completely renovated in 2019, the 6 double rooms and 3 quadruple each equipped with a balcony offer a breathtaking view of the city's liveliest square.On the…

Nickel Torsten
B&B

Nickel Torsten

Arles

In the heart of the historical centre, in a quiet and sunny spot, our guest room is on the 1st floor of a charming townhouse.

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.

Liberté Grand Apartment
Holiday rental

Liberté Grand Apartment

Arles

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Things to do

Loa lis
Craftsman / producer

Loa lis

Arles

The LoA DSL brand was born in Lorraine from the hands of the designer Lisa Coinus. Engineer agronomist by training, she created her workshop in 2009 after spending several years to form the seam of self-taught. His pieces are created exclusively from fabrics and recycled materials from the…

Accents elsewhere

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Arles

Accents d'Ailleurs, travel agent. Accents d'Ailleurs, a strong travel agent, at your service since 1999 with custom quotes, tailored solutions, phased payments and followed through from start to finish. We guarantee you fast responses and quality service at the right price.

Museon Arlaten - musée de Provence
Cultural place

Museon Arlaten - musée de Provence

Arles

Après 11 ans de fermeture, le Museon Arlaten, rénové en profondeur, retrouve son public. Fondé et inauguré en 1909 par Frédéric Mistral, Prix Nobel de Littérature, chantre de la langue et de la culture provençales, le Muséon Arlaten était fermé au public depuis 2009. Sa…

Les céramiques de Marine
Craftsman / producer

Les céramiques de Marine

Arles

Marine Carrara welcomes you in his workshop-shop ceramics, where you can see him make his pieces dedicated to the arts of the table.After a degree in ceramic crafts, Navy has spent two years in artist residency in Antibes. And since December, 2017, she asked her bags in Arles. It produces parts…

Relais du Bois sacré
Outdoor leisure

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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…

L'atelier
Craftsman / producer

L'atelier

Arles

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

Colors of Arles - The shirts of the gardian

Arles

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Véloc
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Theatre of Arles
Cultural place

Theatre of Arles

Arles

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Where to eat

Bistrot Populaire
Restaurants à emporter

Bistrot Populaire

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Meinado Arles
Restaurants à emporter

Meinado Arles

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Pont Van Gogh
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Pont Van Gogh

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Traditional, sophisticated, inventive and delicious cuisine. Fish a la plancha, assortment of grilled meats, main course salads. Groups welcome; pleasant atmosphere, themed dinners on Saturday evenings, patio, terrace and air conditioned room. Between the Museum of Ancient Arles and the Pont…

Bistrot Arlésien
Cuisine de Provence

Bistrot Arlésien

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La Croisée des Saveurs
Cuisine de Provence

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Arles

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ALLORA
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ALLORA

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O'Pat'Thai
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O'Pat'Thai

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Gaudina
Food guide restaurant

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