William of Orange
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The 1.000 kms passed by very quickly on the French autoroute; like a fly-drive and no fines to be paid. A pity that the toll-roads are so expensive! In the city of Orange I rented a room at the Hotel Ibis, an average French 2/3 star hotel chain with reasonable prices and good comfort. I choose Orange for a stop on my way to the French Riviera, because 1,000 km driving for a day is the max without getting annoyed and the history of the city is quite interesting.
In Roman times Orange was a very important transalpine city and you can still find some great Roman buildings. Eyecatcher is the theatre. the best preserved "stone theatre" in the West of the Roman Empire. In the center the 3.5 m high statue of Caesar Augustus waives at the audience. The back wall of the theatre is 37 m high and more than 100m long.
Just north of the river Meyne is the Arc de Triomphe (1st century A.D.). The arch, which is in good condition, was dedicated to the glory of the veterans who founded the Roman colony of Orange.
From the castle hill (Colline Saint/Eutrope) there are fine views of the city. On the hill are the ruins of the castle. which was fortified by Maurits of Orange Nassau. He was the son of William of Orange, who inheritated the place, hence the name of the Dutch royal family and the colours of the present Dutch team shirts and public... Almost 180 years of history linked the Netherlands with Orange (1530 to 1702).