Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence’s major Romanesque monuments.
Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site
|ii||To exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design.||All|
|iv||To be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history.||All|
|Nimes and surroundings with Tim Richards en||2013||28.8km||site_izi|
|Trip over Arles area with Tim Richards. Travelbook en||2013||7.8km||site_izi|
|Maison Carrée Reconstructed Inscription||2019||28.4km||site_ao|
|Tour Vigie et Re?servoir||1966||35.4km||site_brutalism|
|Pont du Gard (Roman Aqueduct)||1985||30.9km||site_whs|
|Historic Centre of Avignon: Papal Palace, Episcopal Ensemble and Avignon Bridge||1995||33.7km||site_whs|
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