Place du Forum, Arles

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Vincent van Gogh set up his easel frequently in Place du Forum, near the northeastern corner's famous Cafe Terrace. Historians say he looked south toward the artificially lit terrace of the popular coffee house--and beyond it to the darkness of the Rue du Palais and the tower of a former church (now Musée Lapidaire). Place du Forum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Arles Edition.
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  • October 1, 2017
    Pick out a cafe (not the Yellow Van Gogh) and look at the other tourist and French people go by. Some roman coluns are incorporated into a building near the statue of Provcencial poet F Mistral.  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    Noble and elegant buildings, lively restaurants, enjoy a glass of red wine and fatigue experienced life, an ideal place to throw. There are too many photo you have the chance, get your head up, examine the details of the elegant buildings, you won't regret it.
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  • September 13, 2017
    I don't understand why this square they called "Place du Forum". Where is the ancient Roman Forum? It would have been better to dedicate it to the author of the painting "La terrasse du café", since Van Gogh was inspired by the cafes of this square to paint one of the finest works of its huge artistic production. Van Gogh was so excited about this picture that spoke in a letter that he sent to his sister Wil. The coffee is now called, I'd say it appropriately, Cafe Van Gogh, and has been restored to appear as it was more than a century ago.
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