Roman Ruins in Arles

For our last day of our long vacation, we decided to visit Arles. We primarily wanted to go there because of the Van Gogh connection, but I was also excited to see the old Roman arena. I would have loved to see a bull fight there, but it wasn’t the season. Instead, we just got to wander around on our own and feel pretty amazed that we were climbing the steps that had existed for almost 2000 years. Wow… just let that sink in.

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In the 17th Century, they used the walls of the arena as protection and built within it.

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But now it looks like this.

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I got thoroughly turned around in there (all of the exits look the same!), but I did climb to the top of the tower and found an amazing view as my reward.

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From there, we wandered our way to the amphitheater.

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There were piles of columns and capitals just lying around.

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We could climb them or sit on them or just stare at them. It was all pretty wonderful.

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2 comments

  1. Amanda · March 1, 2013

    I love those stairs, that is amazing! How many times people went up and down and up and down and up and … AMAZING!!

    • cristen · March 2, 2013

      haha i was just going to post on here “i love the shot of the worn steps” bc i was thinking the same thing 🙂

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