"Amphitheatre" Arles Things to Do Tip by aliante1981

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Built in the 1st century and situated right next to the Theatre Antique, the Amphitheater seats almost 25,000 and still hosts bullfights in summer. This is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman Provence. But that?s not saying a lot, apparently. Actually, there?s even a notice warning you that if you visit the old monument you do so at your own risk, since the stone steps are uneven and much of the masonry is worn down to the point where it might be a problem for older travelers or for those with disabilities.

For a good view, you can climb the three towers that remain from medieval times when the amphitheater was turned into a fortress. Residences and two chapels were actually built inside the Arenes (another name for the Amphiteatre). Notice the arches each of which is supported by Doric and Corinthian columns. Hours of opening are theoretically from 9AM to 7PM, though one of my friends (she?s living in France now) complained that the monument (just like the Theatre Antique, by the way) can very well be closed even in this space of time. Entry fee is 2.5 Euros for adults, 1.5 Euros for children.

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  • Written Jul 22, 2003
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