Attractions

Top Choice Roman Site in Arles

Les Arènes

In Roman Gaul, every important town had an amphitheatre, where gladiators and wild animals met their (usually grisly) ends. Few examples have survived, but Arles (like nearby Nîmes) has preserved its colosseum large…
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

Housed in a listed 15th-century manor, now twice repurposed (its other incarnation was as a bank), this Van Gogh–themed gallery is a must-see, as much for the architecture as the art. It has no permanent collection …
Top Choice Gallery in Arles

Musée Réattu

This superb 150-year-old museum, housed in an exquisitely renovated 15th-century Hospitaller priory by the Rhone, might be assumed old-fashioned, yet its modern collection is truly top-notch. Among its holdings are …
Museum in Arles

Musée Départemental Arles Antique

This striking cobalt-blue museum perches on the edge of what used to be the Roman chariot-racing track (hippodrome), southwest of central Arles. The collection of pagan and Christian finds includes stunning mosaics …
Roman Site in Arles

Théâtre Antique

Built at the behest of the unofficial first Roman Emperor, Augustus, in the 1st century BC, it's still easy to admire the grace and engineering of this theatre, despite a semi-ruinous state brought on by centuries o…
Arts Centre in Arles

Fondation Luma

Arles's already-bulging cultural landscape avidly awaits this new cutting-edge gallery and arts centre, rising inexorably on a defunct railway depot in the city's southeastern quarter. Funded by the Swiss-based Luma…
Roman Site in Arles

Cryptoportiques

The origins of these fascinating underground chambers, now sitting below the current city centre, go at least back to the first Roman colony in Arles in 46 BC, and most likely extend to much older Greek caverns. It'…
Church in Arles

Église St-Trophime

Named for Arles' semi-mythical first archbishop, this Romanesque-style church, built over a 5th-century basilica, was a cathedral until the bishopric moved to Aix in 1801. Built between the 12th and 15th centuries, …
Cemetery in Arles

Les Alyscamps

Testament to the significance of Roman Arles, this grand processional avenue of tombs and sarcophagi holds more than 1500 years of corpses (which Roman custom insisted were buried outside the city). Van Gogh and Gau…
Roman Site in Arles

Place du Forum

Just as social, political and religious life revolved around the forum in Roman Arles, so the busy plane-tree-shaded place du Forum still buzzes with life. Underneath it lies the underground galleries of Cryptoporti…