No visit to Arles is complete without a visit to the resting repository of bones and souls in Alyscamps. If you like Dante's Inferno,than this place is immortalised in the book,making it one of the most famous historical burial grounds outside of Rome.
Its a short walk from the centre of Arles which is the jewel in south-western corner of the province. its an interesting footnote,that under Roman law,it was forbidden to bury the dead within the city limits,due to hygienic,religious and lack of space in the congested cities.
It became common practice to line the roads closest to the city's centre with mausoleums,tombs and rows of sarcophagi. The Alyscamps was the main burial ground for Romans for 1500 years.
This unique open-air museum is rarely visited,heightening your discovery and pleasure. Its a hidden jewel that is set in a lovely location,shaded by the canopy of trees.
This grand site houses the worst of the remains .To see the pristine ones, you must visit the Musee de Arles de la Provence,which houses the finest collection of roman sarcophagi.
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