Attractions

Top Choice Roman Site in Arles

Les Arènes

During the heyday of Roman Gaul, every important town had an amphitheatre, where gladiators fought to the death and wild animals met their (usually grisly) end. Few have survived, but Arles (like nearby Nîmes) has p…
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

This Van Gogh–themed gallery is a must-see, as much for its contemporary architecture and design, as for the art it showcases. It has no permanent collection; rather, it hosts one or two excellent exhibitions a year…
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Musée Réattu

This splendid modern-art museum is housed in the exquisitely renovated 15th-century Grand Priory of the Knights of Malta. Among its collections are works by 18th- and 19th-century Provençal artists and two paintings…
Church in Arles

Église St-Trophime

Arles was an archbishopric from the 4th century until 1790, and this Romanesque-style church was once a cathedral. Built in the late 11th and 12th centuries, it’s named after St Trophime, an Arles bishop from the 2n…
Roman Site in Arles

Place du Forum

Just as social, political and religious life revolved around the forum in Roman Arles so this busy plane-tree-shaded square buzzes with cafe life today. Underneath it lies the underground galleries of Cryptoportique…
Roman Site in Arles

Théâtre Antique

Still used for summertime concerts and plays, this outdoor theatre dates to the end of the 1st century BC. For hundreds of years it was a source of construction materials, with workers chipping away at the 102m-diam…
Museum in Arles

Musée Départemental Arles Antique

This striking, state-of-the-art cobalt-blue museum perches on the edge of what used to be the Roman chariot-racing track (circus), 1.5km southwest of the tourist office. The rich collection of pagan and Christian ar…
Roman Site in Arles

Cryptoportiques

Beneath the stones of the place du Forum lies a weblike system of subterranean galleries, carved out during the 1st century when the square was the hub of town life. Wandering along these musty galleries today is an…
Roman Site in Arles

Thermes de Constantin

Partly preserved Roman baths that were built for Emperor Constantin's private use in the 4th century.
Entrance in Arles

Les Arènes Entrance

Enter Arles' Roman arena from the north side.