Orientation & Geography

Europe, France, Bouches-du-Rhône

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (French: Arles, monuments romains et romans) is a collection of monuments in Arles, France, including the Arles Amphitheatre and the Arles Obelisk. The collection has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. It is spread over an area of 65 ha. It is located in Arles and contains the following buildings: Arles Amphitheatre The Roman theatre Cryptoporticus and Roman forum The Thermes of Constantine Ramparts of the Roman castrum The Alyscamps The Church of St. Trophime Roman exedra (Muséon Arlaten) The official brief description for this as a World Heritage Site is: Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments.