Welcome to Rome Across Europe!
It’s time to take a look at another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Last week we were in Austria to uncover the Hallstatt -Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape.
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 BC.
During the 4th Century AD, Arles experienced another golden age, as attested by the Thermae Constantinianae (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.
The protected area covers 161 acre. The following buildings are located within this area:
- 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 and its cloister
- Roman exedra (courtyard of Museon Arlaten)
Till next time, Don’t Stop Rome-ing!