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The only remnants of the Forum are the two large Corinthian columns in the north wall of the square. They adjoin the Nord-Pinus Hotel. Actually this would have been the south edge of the original Forum. Today in the center of the square is a statue to Frederic Mistral ("not to Buffalo Bill") who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1904 and who is the f greatest man of Arles. As part of his writing, he he also wished to preserve and keep alive the Provencal language. Because of this work, he used the money to purchase a 16C Hotel near here in which is the Arlaten Museum and where this scholarly work continues. The Museum should be visited. On the northwest side of the square is where van Gogh set up his easel, outside of one of the bars, to paint the "Cafe du Soir", where there is now a picture placard to mark the spot. There is nothing that van Gogh created that remaining in Arles. The more famous "Cafe de Nuit" was done in Pl. Lamartine (just north of the Ramparts) but the area was bombed away during WW II. The square is never the less a pleasant place wherein to finish the evening.
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