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Arles, World Heritage Site day trip

Arles - Vue du ciel - Office de tourisme d'Arles
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  • Displacement : Une à deux journées
  • Tour On foot
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This route is an invitation to travel... through time. It is based almost entirely in the old centre of Arles and will take you from monument to monument, through a veritable open-air museum.

Arles has been a World Heritage for Humanity Site since 1981 and was one of the first French cities to be recognised by UNESCO. This route invites you to discover the Roman and Romanesque heritage of the city and its fabulous treasures and diversity.

This route is an invitation to travel... through time. It is based almost entirely in the old centre of Arles and will take you from monument to monument, through a veritable open-air museum. 

In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar founded a Roman colony in this heavily Hellenised Ligurian area. The city, with its river port and its maritime port, has some superb monuments which symbolise the power of Rome. Great Emperors such as Augustus and later Constantine, contributed to its growth. In the 4th century, the Christian community in Arles built its first cathedral near the city walls. In the 5th century, the cathedral was moved close to the Forum and became known as Saint Etienne; for a while it was the Primatial Cathedral of the Gauls. It was here that Saint Trophime Church and the canonical buildings were built around a cloister in the 12th century. There are many churches and convents nearby, the most famous of which is Saint Césaire. Arles was now experiencing great economic growth and welcomed pilgrims heading for Santiago de Compostela on the Via Tolosana. The Alyscamps Necropolis became one of the largest Christian cemeteries in the West, containing the tombs of the Arles martyr Genest and of Bishop Saints.

The sites: the Museum of Arles and Provence/The Roman Cirque/Columns of a Forum temple/The Cryptoportici/Obelisk 5/The Alyscamps/The Gate of Augustus/The Théâtre Antique/The Amphitheatre/Remains of an ancient tiled floor in the cellar of the Hôtel d’Arlatan/The Thermal Baths of Constantine/Saint Trophime Church/Cloister of Saint Trophime 2/Mediaeval cloister gates/The Tower of Roland/Gatehouse of the Great Convent 5/St. Jean de Moustier Chapel/St. Blaise Chapel/The Alyscamps/Notre Dame de la Major Church/The Towers of the Amphitheatre/Court of the Commandery of Sainte Luce/Church of the Preachers/Palace of the Podestats 

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