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  Theater And Remaining Whole Corinthian Columns
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  • Theater And Remaining Whole Corinthian Columns - Arles
      Theater And Remaining Whole Corinthian Columns
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      Top of Columns
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      View of Columns and Seating
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  • Tower of Roland At South Edge - Arles
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The Theater is the oldest public Roman building in Arles. It was erected in about 30 BC during the reign of Augustus and seated over 7,000. It originally was backed by a fine portico with many slender Corinthian columns with only two whole ones still standing. Heavy damage occurred in the early Christian period and it became a quarry but some 20 rows of seats still stand. A tall tower stands behind the seats at the south end in the medieval period. At this time there are summer activities, most important the Festival of the Queen of Arles with dance and song from all of Provence and there others as well, where old costume is seen everywhere.

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  • Updated Jan 16, 2011
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