Roman Ruins in Provence, Arles, Ancient Roman City, South of France
Arles in Eastern Provence is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well- preserved Roman ruins.
Arles was first inhabited in the 7 th century BC as a Phoenician trading center on the Rhone River, and shows signs of Greek influence owing to archaeological evidence and pottery of Greek design. Arles later became a Celtic-Ligurian town in the 3rd century BC and then in the first century BC, a Gallo-Roman city.
The Roman-era arena similar to Rome's Colosseum is so well preserved that it is still the major arena of the city and is used for bullfighting and other traditional festivals. The city center also has the remnants of a large Roman theater and a Roman bathhouse.
When Rome's power waned Arles prosperity ended as waves of Goth invaders devastated the city. Arles then languished until the empire of Charlemagne settled the region and Arles returned to prosperity, becoming eventually the kingdom of Arles.
Arles has Market Day on Wednesday and celebrates various festivals throughout the year most notably,  a March Carnival, an April (Easter) bull event (La Feria Pascale: Corridas) a May Jazz festival, and a bull and horse spectacle celebrating the work of the Guardians (Camargue cowboys).
At this event the women of Arles dress in costumes of the 17th century and they elect a Queen of Arles who will reign for the next year.
In June Les Fetes d'Arles celebrates with fireworks and in the first two weeks of July, Arles celebrates International Photography and the theater.
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Roman Ruins in Arles, Provence
Arles, an Ancient Roman City in Provence, The South of France
Arles:  A  vacation  in Arles would be a good bet for travelers that will not have a rental car. Bus service covers all of Provence and would put the ruins near Aix, Marseilles, St Remy at Glanum and Avignon within reach. The city itself is spectacular with major Roman Ruins everywhere.
In early September Arles celebrates a Rice Festival with Camargue horses and bulls running in the streets and open barbecues cooking vats of Paella. The city again hosts bullfights in the Roman arena.
The Roman Ruins are often backdrop to Arles cultural events
Arles was once an important Roman City in Provence. The Colosseum built in the center of Arles by the Romans is still used for bullfights and seasonal festivals.
Roman-era  Coliseum in the City of Arles
Roman-era  Coliseum in the City of Arles
Roman Ruins in Arles
Roman Ruins in  Arles
The Roman-era  Coliseum in the City of Arles is in the center of the old city
Arles became a major Roman commercial outpost with the building of a canal in 102 BC that ran parallel to the Rhone and connected to the sea. By the 4th century AD, Arles was such a prosperous Roman city that it was called a second Rome.
Roman aqueduct near Arles
History of Roman Ruins in Arles, Provence, Ancient Roman City in Provence
Roman Ruins in Provence include an aqueduct near Arles
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The Roman aqueduct that once brought water to the Arles.
A trail follows The Roman aqueduct that once brought water to the grain mill between Arles and Fontvieille.
The Roman-era  Colosseum in the City of Arles is in the center of the old city
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Between  Arles and Fontvieille the road is crossed by  the Roman aqueduct that once brought water to run grain mills near Arles.
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When hiking near Arles find the remains of the grain mill and  aqueduct that fed water to the grain mill at Barbegal, seven miles north of Arles on Route D-82 near the junction of D-33 and D-82.
The Roman arena in the City of Arles  is still used for bull fighting and other events
The Roman arena in the City of Arles  is still used for bull fighting and seasonal festivals.
Arles has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its well-preserved Roman ruins.
Arles, offers  travelers interesting Roman ruins.  It was once a Roman city with Roman baths, theater, and arena.  Arles is also just a day-trip away from the Roman ruins in Aix, Marseilles, St Remy's Glanum ruin site, and Avignon.

The city of Arles offer spectacular ancient Roman Ruins including the arena in the center of the old city.
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