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“You'd die to rest your bones here!”
Review of Les Alyscamps

Les Alyscamps
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Ranked #11 of 74 things to do in Arles
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Reviewed 23 November 2013

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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Reviewed 6 November 2013

A 5 minute walk from the edge of the old town - what a beautiful tranquil hidden gem! No wonder Van Gogh painted there. It is worth the couple euros admission to wander the grounds, visit the abandon (and somewhat spooky) church. In the three visits to the grounds I think I've encountered a total of 2-3 other tourists during each visit. Attend, explore and enjoy!

Thank Meozawald
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Reviewed 30 October 2013

quite a site, very unusual. While not that spectacular in itself, the fact that there are traces of greek and roman history is very interesting. I have never seen a site like this before

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Reviewed 31 August 2013

Delightful setting, just off the main street, with hundreds of empty sarcophagi and an avenue of trees leading to a semi derelict chapel

Thank dnhbham
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

To say this is an ancient mausoleum sounds pretty deadening, doesn't it? Well, if you are armed with the relevant background information and if you are lucky enough to meet up with the resident orange tabby cat, you will find it enchanting. It is odd to say, but people where coming from all over Gaul to be buried here. The mystique remains, as you will find if you will just come in,be silent, and feel the place

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