Glanum, Roman Ruins In Alpilles Mountains, Provence
Glanum: An Ancient Roman City in The Alpilles Mountains, Provence,
The South of France
Glanum is located twelve miles south of Avignon and a mile out of the town of Saint Remy. The Roman city of Glanum started as a Celtic town then became a Hellenist city, and finally, after a complete make over in the first century BC, a Roman city and colony.
The city fell to Germanic invaders in 260 AD and lay in ruins until excavations began in 1921. It is considered among the most important Roman archaeological sites in France.
The first century BC, Roman city and colony of Glanum fell to Germanic invaders in 260 AD and lay in ruins until excavations began in 1921.
Two centuries before Christ, the Romans had colonized the area now called Provence. The huge region was a Roman Province, thus the name.
Mountains within the region are extensive, some, like lofty Mount Ventoux (6,273 feet) to the north of St Remy and Glanum are sparsely settled natural parks. Others like the Alpilles near St. Remy are low rocky hills and scattered peaks, none higher than 1,200 feet. The Alpilles Range runs from the Rhone near Arles where it flattens, east to the Durance River. North and east of the durance the range is called the Luberon Range and then the Vaucluse as they go north and east towards the Alps.
The Alpilles mountains are mainly limestone peaks, barren at the top, with sparse vegetation on the hillsides and flat dry valleys of olive groves and vineyards.
On and below the peaks you find villages and towns like St. Remy, Les Baux, and Eygalieres.
The Alpilles are great for hiking. The Romans built settlements like Glanum and Arles in their province and they built extensive roads and aqueducts, now ruins, that you come upon while hiking in the Alpilles.
The city of Glanum occupied a natural pass through the rocky Alpilles
The oldest Roman road in France once included Pont Julian (Bridge) near Bonnieux.
Hiking in the low Alpilles near Arles you find the Roman Aqueduct that once carried water through the Alpilles to a grain mill near Arles
The remnants of Roman Glanum
The area has extensive farm roads, hiking trails, and trails used by shepherds who graze huge flock of sheep on the hillsides
The Alpilles Range flattens near Arles. Hiking near the 12 th Century Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Montmajour Abbey
Glanum is a Roman Ruins In Alpilles Mountains of Provence The South of France. The Roman City near St. Remy was founded two centuries before Christ when the Romans colonized the area now called Provence. Germanic invaders conquered Glanum in 260 AD
Glanum is an extensive Roman Ruins built over an earlier Greek settlement. The ruin occupies a strategic hillside in the Alpilles Mountains of Provence The South of France within sight of the town of st Remy.
The Roman colony was founded two centuries before Christ when the Romans occupied the area now called Provence. Germanic invaders conquered Glanum in 260 AD and the ruin lay unexplored until 1921.
Glanum is a Roman Ruins In Alpilles Mountains of Provence in the The South of France. Glanum lies on a hillside within view of St Remy de Provence. Roman ruins are found throughout the area of st Remy and Arles. The Romans had colonized the area now called Provence in the 2nd century BC
International flights serve Paris, Marseilles, Locals Nimes and Avignon.
TGV Fast trains serve Avignon and Nimes from Paris. Local trains serve Arles
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Glanum ruin displays Roman architecture built over a Hellenistic settlement
Glanum ruins include Greek style homes built during a Hellenist period before the Roman building phase