Amphitheatre (les Arenes), Arles

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A two-tiered Roman amphitheater, Amphitheatre (les Arenes) could once hold over 20,000 spectators. It was built as a venue for chariot races and hand-to-hand battles. Today, it draws large crowds for bullfighting, as well as plays and concerts. The building measures 136 m (446 ft) long, 109 m (358 ft) wide, and features 120 arches. To visit Amphitheatre (les Arenes) and other attractions in Arles, use our Arles trip itinerary planner.
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  • It is pretty much intact and very impressive to see the size and imagine the busy life here more the 2 thousand years ago.  more »
  • Fantastic arena from Roman times. Very large and well preserved. Really worthwhile seeing this structure to marvel at its size and what it used to be like.  more »
  • This is a fantastic Roman amphitheater that is still in use for special bullfights that are not the usual Spanish ones. Here the bull is not harmed and is the star of the show.The "matadores" try to p...  more »
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  • Interesting although I wish they didn't have modern seating inside. Still if that is the price to maintain it then I suppose it's a good trade off. Great views of the Rhone from the tower.
  • An impressive and pretty well-preserved building. Must-see if you're in the area. It's too bad that I visited this in the middle of a heatwave, and couldn't really spend time on the inside at all because of the scorching sun, which the rest of the town mostly managed to provide shelter from.
  • An amazing example of a Roman amphitheatre, the most compete that I have ever seen. A shame it is not possible to enter the amphitheatre to get an impression of its size and also a shame about the scaffolding like seating, but probably good to see that it is still being put to good use.
  • Well worth a visit. They still have shows there although I suspect with much less blodd letting. Lots of modern seating retro fitted in which was disappointing but they have to pay for maintenance somehow.
  • Definitely worth a visit. Not much for interpretive signs so download a Wikipedia article before visiting. Part of the Arles monuments card.