Les Arènes

sights / Historic

Les Arènes information

Arles , France
adult/child incl Théâtre Antique €5.50/free
Opening hours
9am-8pm Jul & Aug, to 7pm May-Jun & Sep, shorter hrs rest of yr
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Slaves, criminals and wild animals (including giraffes) met their dramatic demise before jubilant 20,000-strong crowds during Roman gladiatorial displays at Les Arènes, built around the early 2nd century AD. During the early medieval Arab invasions the arch-laced circular structure – 136m long, 107m wide and 21m tall – was topped with four defensive towers. By the 1820s, when the amphitheatre was returned to its original use, 212 houses and two churches had to be razed on the site.

Buy tickets for bloody bullfights, bloodless courses Camarguaises , theatre and concerts at the ticket office next to the entrance.