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“Well Preserved Roman Theatre” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Theatre Antique
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Arles, Les Baux and Saint Remy de Provence from Marseille
Ranked #8 of 71 things to do in Arles
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Well Preserved Roman Theatre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2014

Most of the seats in this well preserved Roman theatre are still in place and you can look up at on of the surviving towers and see where the top of the theatre was. The tiles in front of the stage are faded but original. There isn't much of the sound wall remaining but just in front of the stage you can see the trench where the curtain would be hidden during the shows. When we were there a group of French school children were learning about the site and the docent was leading them in a short play - pretty neat to see.

Visited June 2014
Thank Tom H
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“A good example of its kind”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2014

We came across this theatre on our way to the Arena. It is enclosed by metal fencing and many people were walking past or taking photographs as it can be seen quite clearly. If you do have a combined ticket it is worth seeing it more closely. It is not as big or impressive as say the one in Olympia in Greece, however bigger is not always better and it is a little gem near the larger building of the Arena just around the corner.
All the sites in Arles are just off the main road full of shops and restaurants but this hinterland is pedestrianized and away from the bustle of traffic.
Nearby is a shady park and if you had purchased an ice-cream or sorbet from the little shop nearby, it is worth a break. However, the toilets are disgusting and some men simply don't even shut the door.
The tourist office is the other side of the main road with a useful underground car park nearby.
A map of Arles is useful in order to find where everything is.
Anyway, I think it must be very enjoyable to see a performance in the Theatre as it would give a more dramatic backdrop to the display. Although the town appeared larger on arrival, all the tourist items seem neatly and conveniently close together. A nice town to visit in any case.

Visited May 2014
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“worth visiting if you've never been to one before”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

I've been to several amphitheaters and this is not one of the best, but worth a visit it you've never explored one before. if you want to visit several places in Arles, buy a multi-ticket as works out much cheaper.

Visited May 2014
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“Roman theater still in use despite ravages of the Middle Ages!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2014

As we continued exploring ancient Roman sites in southern France, we made our way to Arles, known as Arelate in Roman times. Our first stop was the Roman theater there that is still in use today like the famous one in Orange.

It is thought to have been constructed in the late 1st century BCE to the early 1st century CE during the reign of the first Roman emperor Augustus. However, unlike the theater in Orange, the theater in Arles was quarried for its stones during the Middle Ages and at present only a fraction of its original seating remains as well as the orchestra and only a couple of columns so it appears much smaller than the theater in Orange, although both structures could originally seat 10,000 spectators.

Around the backside of the theater we found what was left of the carved reliefs that once adorned the skene broken into chunks and scattered around the grounds. I understand the theater also once contained the famous Venus d'Arles which is now on display in The Louvre. Other statues recovered from the theater are on display at the Arles Archaeological Museum that I visited later in the day.

Visited May 2013
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2014

Great little theater right in the middle of town. Built by the Romans and still in use today. Very interesting. Lots of history.

Visited September 2013
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