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Cryptoportiques

Rue Balze, Arles, France
+33 4 90 49 36 74
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Unique view into the foundation of a Roman forum

This site is unique because what is now underground was the foundation of the Roman forum. The... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
claude_monnier
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Raleigh, NC
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Take a torch and stout shoes if it's been raining

Interesting but rather dark and dank with lots of puddles when we visited in early March. Access in... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
XKSue
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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“roman forum” (16 reviews)
“hotel de ville” (19 reviews)
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Rue Balze, Arles, France
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"underground site"
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"bomb shelter"
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"roman times"
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"damp"
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"tunnel"
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This site is unique because what is now underground was the foundation of the Roman forum. The galleries are well preserved. Worth a detour for a unique site.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Interesting but rather dark and dank with lots of puddles when we visited in early March. Access in the Town Hall. It is part of the attractions included in the passport. Probably wouldn't bother to visit it again.

2  Thank XKSue
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We were curious so tagged onto the tour...given in French. The tour guide did a nice job of explaining the history, the former use of the three separate galleries, and the sewer system that lies 6 meters below the the galleries. Once holding swimming pools,...More

3  Thank CathyC741
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Reviewed 10 November 2017

This place is very difficult to find. You acturally have to go inside the Hotel de Ville (very unclear on the map). It was worth the search though. My son is a bit of a nut for ancient Rome, so he guided us through. We...More

2  Thank Sue V
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

The existance of these was interesting under the old roman forum. They are huge and you get in through a door in the town hall. Once in there is not lots to see and it is dark and damp in places but a ten minute...More

2  Thank stevieblooz
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Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

No wonder most people do not find this wonder, you have to enter through the Hotel de Ville. But it is amazing once you go down the stairs, what a wow, so huge and in great condition, a must for any Roman nut like myself.

1  Thank Bill G
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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Part of the Roman story in Arles it gives you an idea of the extent of the forum and how land levels have changed over the centuries.

Thank Nan90
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

The foundations of the forum were designed as a horseshoe shaped set of arches now some six meters below modern ground level. An intriguing and unusual location presented as crypts.

Thank Christie G
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Reviewed 28 July 2017

This was included in my combi-ticket. There isn't a huge amount to see but it is worth going there as the area covered it quite big with lots of little nooks and crannies. They had information at the desk in English. Do check it out.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017

My son and I had an excellent time exploring this underground area and pondering what exactly it had been used for, and how it lined up with the city above us. Both of us are fans of Roman history, and we got a real kick...More

Thank Nicole S
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Wendy H
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Response from Lynne C | Reviewed this property |
According to the brochure I picked up, the only days that the Arles Museums (which includes the cryptoportiques) are closed are 1st Jan, 1st May, 1st November and 25th December, otherwise they are open. Opening hours vary... More
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