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Arles Amphitheatre

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Arles Amphitheatre
Alt Name:
Amphithéâtre d'Arles
Ancient Rome
100BC - 1BC
Arles, Nimes, Avignon,
Arles Archaeological Museum, Arles Roman Theatre ,
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Arles Amphitheatre history

Arles Amphitheatre or “Amphithéâtre d'Arles” is a large sports arena built by the Romans around the first century BC or AD, during the reign of Augustus (27 BC–14 AD). At the time, Arles was flourishing as a Roman colony and benefiting from the construction of several monuments, of which Arles Amphitheatre was one of the grandest.

Built to accommodate over 20,000 spectators, with over a hundred Corinthian and Doric columns spread over two levels and at a length of 136 metres, Arles Amphitheatre remains one of the town’s most impressive sites. Its excellent state of preservation means that it is even still used today, not for chariot races, but for bullfighting. This excellent state of conservation is in spite the fact that it was used as a medieval fortification.

Arles Amphitheatre is now one of the town’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.


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robin hartley
15 Jun, 2012

Gladiator exhibiton was both informative and entertaining, Gladiators remained accessible long after preformance to both children and adults with questions about weapons and requests for photos with no fee or exectation of tipping. Far more pleasant and better historical experience than the Colosseum ine Rome. Sometimes bigger is not better.

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contact details

Address: Arènes d'Arles, Rond-point des Arènes, 13633 Arles

Phone: +33 (0)

E-Mail: contact@arenes-arles.com

visitor information

Directions to Arles Amphitheatre :
Arles Amphitheatre is located in the Provence town of Arles, which is 30km southeast of Nimes along route A54. By train, Arles is a 25 min. journey from Nimes and 20 min. from Avignon.

Arles Amphitheatre opening times and ticket prices:
Open daily. A 9 Euro Pass Monuments Liberté ticket allows entry to this site plus four other Arles sites.


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