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Place de la République

Square, De la République,
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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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