Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Arles

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A two-tiered Roman amphitheater, Amphitheatre (les Arenes) could once hold over 20,000 spectators. It was built as a venue for chariot races and hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws large crowds for bullfighting, as well as plays and concerts. The building measures 136 m (446 ft) long, 109 m (358 ft) wide, and features 120 arches. Our Arles online travel planner makes visiting Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and other Arles attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a very well preserved monument, it may not be the biggest of its type (eg Nimes has a bugger one), but still remains an impressive sight. 
    This is a very well preserved monument, it may not be the biggest of its type (eg Nimes has a bugger one), but still remains an impressive sight.  more »
  • The Roman Arena is in the midst of what is a basically 17th century town that is amazing. Most of the streets are pedestrian but there are car parks close by. It was built by Caesar Augustus and is....  more
    The Roman Arena is in the midst of what is a basically 17th century town that is amazing. Most of the streets are pedestrian but there are car parks close by. It was built by Caesar Augustus and is....  more »
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  • We were looking forward to visit this site since some time. We have watched several YouTube videos about this touristic attraction before we even knew will visit Arles. Overall the place did not disappoint us. The huge structure which dated since almost 2000 years made us appreciate the care of the local authorities to preserve and maintain this important site. We recommend taking the time and sit on one of the benches while imagining what went on the are a many hundreds of years ago. The views from one of the towers is great too.
  • Well preserved and restored, the amphitheater provides a fine impression of what the ancient arena must have looked like. Moreover, after climbing one of the towers added to the fortress, you have a fine view of the surrounding city and its outskirts, and you can appreciate the intricate structure of the stairways. The ancient Romans were indeed master builders!

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