Church and the cloister of St. Trophime

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Arles, France

Church and the cloister of St. Trophime Arles Reviews

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Former cathedral May 26, 2012
Located at the main square, this is probably the 2nd most famous sight in Arles after the amphitheater. You will be confronted by overblown Romanesque portal, which is in such contradiction to simplicity of the church. Nevertheless, it is one of the most impressive examples of Romanesque sculpture and church portals today. As for the interior, it's nothing special, you are not missing anything if you don't walk in. However, the entrance is free, so why not?

Another highlight of the church is its cloister, whose construction started in the 12th century. Notice that the entrance is some 20 metres on the right from the church portal. The galleries are lovely and you can climb on the top, but the rooms are basically empty with just a few tapestries. I've heard they have some concerts in the summer there. The entrance fee for the cloister is 3.50 euro, reduced 2.6. Not sure if it's worth the money, but if you take one of the Arles passes it probably means you are interested in historical monuments, so don't miss it :)

Btw, there are some renovations (as it is the case with most monuments in the region) there.
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One of the galleries of the cloist…
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