Theatre Antique, Arles

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One of the first theaters in the Roman colony, Theatre Antique offered tragedy, comedy, mime, and pantomime in Roman or Greek. These plays, performed mostly at festivals honoring the gods, were free for all to attend, though some shows were dedicated solely to men. Make Theatre Antique a centerpiece of your Arles vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Arles road trip tool .
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  • Started around 40/30 BC was completed in 12 AV. With a diameter of 100 m Auditorium could hold 10,000 spectators divided by wealth. It worked until the beginning of the fifth century before being used as a stone quarry for the construction of the early Christian Church of St. Etienne. Between the 6th and 7th century a wall of the theatre was used as the city wall. In the following centuries were made houses and streets that incorporated the theatre. Only at the beginning of 1800 began to rid the monument and then it seemed almost a miracle can still be seen today. Worth the visit.
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  • This is well worth a visit. It’s best to start with the interesting video, which explains which sections are original and which have been restored (in French but with English subtitles) and also gives...  more »
  • The antique theatre is also to see during your visit to Arles, but not necessarily worth the detour. Full of history, great, but it's not necessarily good leverage for a visit. Too bad.
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  • Lovely ancient Roman amphitheatre next to the town's "colisseum". Entry price here includes colisseum as well.
  • Wonderfully preserved site of Roman antiquity, well worth a visit when you're in Arles. Still used for various concerts during the summer season.
  • Traditional Roman theatre. Good to see it's still in use for the occasional concert.
  • Interesting to visit an ancient theatre which is still in use for modern productions.
  • Not too much to see. The one in Orange is way more complete and better preserved.
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