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
Luxury villa (160m ²) fully equipped for 6-8 persons on 2 levels, each with bathroom and toilet, reversable air conditioning, fireplace, large conservatory, solarium, garden and garage. Just 5 minutes from shops and 15 minutes from the city centre on foot. Household linen provided upon request.…
SCI La Maison Molière
Large House of 500 m² in the heart of la roquette, private garage, a courtyard with arches, a large living room library and 5 bedrooms en suite (25 m²-35 m²). Air conditioning, wifi, TV in all rooms with beds of 180 x 200.The House can to privatize these bed and breakfasts are "Bed and…
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Best Western Atrium
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Things to do
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The Bouton d'Or
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The river Rhône
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Cloister of St. Trophime
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Place du Forum
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Foundation Vincent Van Gogh Arles
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L ' Arlésienne perfumery
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Where to eat
Hostellerie of the Source
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Jean-Luc Rabanel workshop
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Next to the bistro
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