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Cryptoportiques, Arles
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Admire the first-century architecture of Cryptoportiques--three double, parallel passageways that were part of the forum. Fifty piers hold up the tunnel-like structures, which are arranged in a U shape. These once may have been barracks for slaves. Though the name is Roman, markings on the stones indicate that Greeks built these Arles structures. The Chapel of the Jesuit College and the City Hall now reside where the forum used to. Put Cryptoportiques into our Arles vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Arles.
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  • Interesting subterranean porch of Roman origin, which is larger than any expectation. Access is via a small staircase. The galleries are 100 metres long. If it happens like today to be there alone is kinda creepy. Still to be seen.
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  • If we remember what was covered and filled surface we understand the scale of the construction site. Walk under ground in the cryptoporticus is however not of major interest. The cloister of St Trophime located 2 steps is more interesting
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  • Small guided tour friendly which allows to understand the buildings of the old Roman Forum, and see what's still there under our feet.
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