The city of Arles in France has an impressive number of Roman monuments. These include the arena, theatre and the cryptoporticus or subterranean galleries, all constructed in the 1st century BC.
In addition to the Roman monuments, Arles also has ruins from the 4th century, including the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries the city once again enjoyed a third construction wave, with the building of Saint-Trophime and its closters, it is regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the Mediterranean.
Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 5th session of the World Heritage Committee which met in Sydney, Australia, on 26 - 30 October, 1981.
Photos of Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Eglise Saint Trophime, Arles
Author: wpopp (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)
Place du Forum in Arles, which was depicted by Vincent van Gogh in Cafe Terrace at Night
Author: Alan Ford (public domain)
Ruins of the Roman theater in Arles
Author: Steffen Heilfort (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 43 40 39.5 E 4 37 50.5
Inscription Year: 1981
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV
Location Map of Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
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Visiting Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Arles is located in the south of France near Montpellier and Marseille. You can reach Arles by bus from Marseille. If you are driving, take the E712 to Salon-de-Provence, then take E80 west to Arles.