THE ARENAS OF ARLES
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Visibly inspired by the Colosseum in Rome, the contemporary arenas, built around 80 AD, were the pride of Arles for nearly four centuries. This temple of the games could accommodate up to 21,000 people, who flocked to admire the gladiators' fights to the death or the re-enactments of hunting scenes. At the fall of the Empire, the arena was transformed into a fortress with the construction of four towers, nearly two hundred houses and even two chapels. It was finally at the initiative of the writer Prosper Mérimée that this unique place was classified as a historical monument in 1840. Its first vocation, the reception of great spectacles, is still current: the Roman games of the 1st century leave place today to the bullfights organized during the two annual ferias, to the Camargue races or even to the musical spectacles. The bullring, which was recently the focus of a vast restoration and enhancement plan (the work lasted ten years and cost 25 million euros), has since July 2013 been restored to its original glory. From an architectural point of view, the amphitheatre is 21 metres high with two levels of sixty semicircular arches, separated by massive rectangular section pedestals. With a long axis of 136 meters and a short axis of 107 meters, the amphitheater of Arles is slightly larger than that of Nimes, and ranks twentieth among those of the Roman world.
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Closed on January 1, May 1, November 1, November 1, December 25 and on certain dates. In low season: open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. In high season: every day from 9am to 7pm. Intermediate hours in mid-season. Adult: €9. Reduced rate: €7. Ticket also valid for access to the ancient theatre. Free for children up to 18 years old. Freedom pass: €12 (valid for 1 month and allows you to visit 4 monuments + the Réattu Museum)
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