The Amphitheatre

Arles - Monument

The amphitheatre is the most important monument of the ancient Roman colony that has allowed to admire, some two thousand years after its construction. Its architecture is entirely designed in relation to its vocation of place to great shows, hosting a numerous audience. In their initial rise, the bleachers could receive approximately 21 000 viewers, which flows were cleverly organized by a network of doors, galleries and stairs, on several floors.Become at the beginning of the middle ages a real city close and fortified, the building was cleared in the 19th century. He then found for part, its initial function, including bullfighting, which earned him his current common name of 'arenas.Today is the monument of the most visited city, bringing the image of Arles in the world.With a major axis of 136 meters in length and a minor axis of 107 meters, the amphitheatre of Arles is slightly larger than that of Nîmes and the twentieth ranked among those of the Roman world. It has a shape of an ellipse. The facade includes two levels of sixty arches in arches, separated by side walls, massive of rectangular section. A wider opening points out the ends of the two axes of the monument. The main entrance was not North as today, but the West where we see the vestiges of a staircase overlooking the city.The cavea, placeholder to the spectators, included 34 tiers, divided into four series: the maeniana, where spectators were divided according to their rank. It is estimated the initial capacity of the monument to some 21,000 people. To allow visitors to access the different stands, had developed an ingenious device of horizontal passages, and arranged alternately stairs circular galleries.On the ground floor, the outdoor Gallery is particularly noteworthy, including through its coverage of large monolithic slabs. It provided access to an indoor gallery, vaulted arches, which opened on the first maenianum and on the lower part of the second. Outdoor Gallery, stairs could also reach the first mezzanine, where there was access to the second maenanium either for the outdoor Gallery of the first floor. This system of vertical and horizontal movement allowed thus to achieve the highest level of the building. An attic, now defunct, overcame the facade: there were attached poles serving to reach a canopy designed to protect spectators from the Sun.The central part reserved for games and fighting (the arena itself) was separated from the stands by a carefully paired wall: the wall of the podium dressed large slabs of stone. The soil of the track was higher than approximately 2 m above the current level. In fact, it consisted of a wooden floor, whose blades resting on a stone bead, at the top of the lower part of the podium. The machinery necessary to shows lodged between the walls and bases that ensured the stability of the arena.

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Where to stay

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Your stay in catering in Arles, old city center in a renovated house in the eighteenth century. 2 charming independent housing. Terrace and panoramic view on the Rhone for 2 to 4 people.

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Coup De Coeur

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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 Coquille 1
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La Coquille 1

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Near Arles and Camargue's tourist attractions, this country gite is adjacent to another gite on 3,000 m² of enclosed, wooded grounds. Lovely décor features mosaics and pottery made by the owner. Near railroad (300 m). Ground floor : living room/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom, shower/WC.…

Studio
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Studio

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Located between the Roman Amphitheatre and the Roman Theatre, the studio is located on the 1st floor in a building dating from the 16th century, close to all amenities. Renovated in a modern style, it consists of a main room, a kitchenette and a bathroom whose total area is about 25 m²

Youth Hostel
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Youth Hostel

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The youth hostel is located close to the city centre and major tourist attractions of the region.This proximity will allow you to enjoy your holiday. Day cultural visits or sporting activities to start and in the evening discover the sweetness of life of the youth hostel.

On the side of the Bullring
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On the side of the Bullring

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Throw the arenas and the ancient Theatre, in a very quiet street nestles guesthouse in stones, its rooms with views. Cosy, high ceilings are decorated with objects unearthed and furnished with comfort.Double bed, bathroom, private WC, wifi, air conditioning.The breakfast is served in the…

Nickel Torsten
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Nickel Torsten

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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.

Mme Riera Pascale
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Mme Riera Pascale

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XVIIth century farmhouse completely restored on 40 hectares of land. 23 tricentenary plane trees will provide pleasant shade in summer. A beautiful swimming pool is at your disposal. We offer you peace and quiet as well as leisure choices. Located just one kilometer from the closest shops, the…

La Maison Blanche
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La Maison Blanche

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The White House is located near the historic center of Arles in a quiet and picturesque area. To the first and last floor of a villa, the apartment has a large living room adjacent to a veranda, all offering sofa, armchairs, flat screen TV... There are two double bedrooms with closet as well as a…

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Plein Sud
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Plein Sud

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Jolie boutique de décoration qui sent bon le sud comme son nom l'indique. On rêve de maison de vacances au soleil et nos souvenirs d'enfance remontent en découvrant la sélection de pancartes, le coin des enfants, les textiles coloré, les tabliers, les boutis, la vaisselle.

The Marshall district
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The Marshall district

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The District of the Marshall ("from the Middle") occupies a modest surface between the city (or town hall) and the arugula, on the edge of the Rhône.Its history dates back to the medieval renaissance of the city, around the 12th century. Habitat, it differs little from the neighbouring districts…

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Evelyne Ricord

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Sculptor and santon-maker, one of the best workers in France in the clay santon category. BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Les Olivades
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Les Olivades

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Léonard Quinche, a printer on fabric Genevois, is at the origin of the company. In 1818, he joined with two Tarasconnais and created an Indian factory St Etienne du Grès, small Provençal village located at the foot of the Alpilles. Textiles are printed on the Board, washed and dried on the…

The river Rhône
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The river Rhône

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The Rhone and its delta have not only given their name to the department, but this peaceful and majestic river also forms the backbone of the Bouches-du-Rhone. From Avignon to the Camargue beaches, the river passes through the most authentic Provençal landscapes. Famous for a long time for the…

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L'Arlésienne
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L'Arlésienne

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Creation and hiring of traditional Arlésienne costumes. Wide choice of haberdashery, hosiery and accessories. Legwear, corsets and nightwear for men and women.

Jute
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Jute

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This is the shoe of summer and well better choose his pair so that it lasts or to its beautiful (her beau). This very nice sneakers shop opened by a couple created, Ian and Elena, is therefore very well. Here you will know all about the materials or workmanship, because everything is handmade by…

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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…

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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…

Le Réfectoire
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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…

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Lou marks
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