Arles, a City with a Roman Amphitheatre

Arles, located in Southern France, is famous for two main things. One is it’s Roman amphitheatre and the other is for Vincent Van Gogh. The Arles Amphitheatre was built in 90AD and used to host 20,000 people to watch chariot races and hand to hand gladiator combat. Two thousand years later, this amphitheatre is still amazingly being used. They hold bull fights and other events such as plays and concerts in it.

Vincent Van Gogh and a number of other famous painters lived and worked in this area. Van Gogh produced over 300 painting and drawings during his time in Arles.

Old Walls around Arles – you can see from the stones that there has been some reconstruction at various stages
Alleyways of Arles
A river cruise boat making it’s way down the Rhone River in Arles
Cloître Saint-Trophime – Arles
Arles Amphitheatre (Arènes d’Arles)

2 thoughts on “Arles, a City with a Roman Amphitheatre

  1. The article is good but you should have mentioned that the amphitheater used to be 3 tears high but in the middle ages the people decided to live inside the amphitheater sow they destroyed the 3rd tear to build 200 houses and 2 churches inside the amphitheater.

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