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Orange Travel Guide: 43 reviews and 122 photos
Orange has always been a cross road, due to its geographical position. It stands in the southern part of the Rhône valley, before it divides into a wide delta. North, it opens the routes to Lyon, Paris and whole Northern Europe. Westwards, it is the direction Montpellier, Perpignan and Spain. Eastwards, one can reach Marseille, the Mediterranean, the Côte d'Azur and Italy, with Rome. And that can be an entrance into the Alps or into the Massif Central mountains.
No wonder that such an ideally situated city has been an ancient `Romans important city. It was built in 35 Ad by Roman ancient legionaries that settled there. Most of the Romans city has been destroyed along the centuries : it was also a cross road for invaders, a place where they had to pass and that they had to destroy, for there sake ! Only remain an impressive Triumphal Arch and a theater. After the Romans, various invaders plumdered the city. In the 12th, it became a vassal of the Holly Germanic empire. Later, it was ruled by the Baux dynasty for several centuries and the Nassau family got it as an heritage. They took the name of Orange-Nassau. They destroyed most of the Roman remains to build a castle of their own. It was destroyed in the 17th by order of king Louis 14th when he fought against William of Orange. The royal family of Nederland are Orange-Nassau.
The Roman Theatre and its Surroundings and the "Triumphal Arch" of Orange were inscribed in 1981 on the UNESCO World Heritage list with the following comment :
Situated in the Rhone valley, the ancient theatre of Orange, with its 103-m-long facade, is one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. Built between A.D. 10 and 25, the Roman arch is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus. It is decorated with low reliefs commemorating the establishment of the Pax Romana.
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