Arènes de Arles
Arènes de Arles Reviews
Arles Amphitheatre Jun 15, 2012
Built in the 1st century AD, this amphitheater could hold up to 20 000 spectators who were mostly attracted by the gladiator fights. After the fall of Roman Empire, it was turned into fortress with 4 towers. There were houses and even chapels inside! I have no idea how that looked because the arena is not that big.
However, in the 19th century all the houses were removed and today it's a well-preserved testimony of Roman greatness where bullfights, plays and concerts are still performed.
Since this was my first visit to Roman amphitheater, I was pretty excited and I liked the experience a lot. Fortunately, you won't find many crowds here (or virtually at any other attraction in the south of France), so you feel like you have this magnificent monument for yourself :)
I took Pass Liberte, which allows you to visit 4 monuments in Arles and 1 museum. The price is 9 euros, reduced 7. Otherwise, you will have to buy Arena + Antique theater ticket, which costs 6.5/5 euros. If you spend more than few hours in Arles, I definitely recommend you to take the pass.
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