Les Arènes d'Arles, Le Belvedere, Hôtel, Arles, France.

The Arena of Arles

3min walk.

Come and discover the Arena of Arles. Classified as a World Heritage Site by Unesco. A Roman amphitheater built around 80-90 A.D on the orders of the Emperor Tiberius, as part of the Flavian extensions of the city. Imagine the struggles of ancient gladiators or attend theatrical performances, sporting events or bullfights.

Saint-trophime Cloister

10min walk.

The Saint-Trophime cloister of the old cathedral of Arles dates from the 12th and 14th centuries. The location of this cloister is unusual because it is attached neither to the nave nor to the transept. It communicates with the choir by means of a staircase of twenty-five steps. The visit of the cloister allows you to cool off when the heat becomes heavy and to take shelter during the rare rainy days.

THE ANTIQUE THEATRE

4min walk. The antique theater of Arles was built at the end of the 1st century B.C under the reign of Emperor Augustus, just after the founding of the Roman colony. Started around 40/30 BC. AD, it was completed around the year 12 B.C thus becoming one of the first stone theaters of the Roman world. You can now experience it at many events: Music festivals (Les Suds, Les escales du cargo) films (Festival du Peplum) and other theatrical performances or simply visit it.

CONSTANTINS THERMAL BATHS

5min walk. A characteristic expression of Roman civilization, the baths were one of the most widespread public places. Their success does not begin until the end of the republic and the beginning of the empire. The first public baths did not appear in Rome until the 1st century B.C and do not really develop until the beginning of our era, with the invention of the hypocausts. Visiting this building allows you to immerse yourself, literally, in the habits and customs of Roman society.

THE ALYSCAMPS

12min walk.

From Roman times to the Middle Ages, the Alyscamps were a pagan and then Christian necropolis located at the south-east entrance to the city of Arles on the via Aurelia, that is to say outside the city as most Roman necropolises. They included many sarcophagi. From the Renaissance, prelates, lords and kings stole the best sculpted sarcophagi to enrich their collections. A boat loaded in this way sank in the Rhône towards the end of the 16th century. Loaded with legends, this place, painted by Van Gogh and Gauguin in the autumn of 1888, then became, over time, a new district of Arles. The Alyscamps are until September 29, 2022 the scene of an "in situ" exhibition by Korean artist Lee Ufan.