Highlights of this tour
- Vincent van Gogh’s Inspiration
- Roman monuments:
Church of St. Trophime
Place de la République
Experience Roman times in Arles! The town is located in the Rhone delta and is the largest municipality in France. Three large nature reserves fall within the municipal boundaries: the Alpilles in the north, the Crau in the east, and part of the Camargue in the south. You find several Roman sites throughout the city that you have to see when you’re around.
Besides its Roman artifacts, you also find traces of Vincent van Gogh’s life in the city. Learn more about the years he spent in Arles, creating many paintings that you can admire at various museums worldwide. During your wheelchair-accessible tour, you enjoy Arles’ art heritage, the city’s long history, and many sights.
Vincent van Gogh came to Arles in February 1888 and was immediately drawn to the light. You can admire the way things catch light in Arles in some of his paintings. Look for illumination as van Gogh did and see Arles through his eyes.
The part of the Provence where you find Arles was occupied during Roman times. Hence, the various impressive sites. Emperor Constantine loved the city so much that he named the city the capital of the Western Roman Empire in the year 408. All Roman traces that you will see are now UNESCO World Heritage.
After marveling at Vincent van Gogh’s life scenes, you see other sites such as the Roman theatre, which is still in use after 2000 years. Also, check out the UNESCO world heritage Church of St. Trophime. When you take a closer look at its façade, you see stunning details that made UNESCO choose this unique church. One of the final sites of this tour is the Place de la République. On this square, you find the churches of Saint-Trophime and Sainte-Anne facing each other and in the middle a Roman obelisk that measures 15 meters (50 ft) that formed the center of the Arelate’s circus that stood there in ancient times.
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