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|Located on the Rhōne River, Arles was established as a Roman settlement by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. This photo of its first century amphitheater shows a medieval tower, evidence that the amphitheater was used as a fortress during the Middle Ages, and modern lighting for the bullfights still held there. My mother and I circled the interior of the amphitheater above the seating, and then we climbed the tower to take in the view.|
In addition to its well-preserved amphitheater, this town also possesses ruins of a Roman theater and Les Alyscamps, a Roman necropolis that was converted to a Christian cemetery in the 4th century. Arles is probably best-known as the home of Vincent van Gogh during the last year of his life. Today's visitors can seek out the settings of some of van Gogh's most famous paintings in and around Arles.
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This page was created for INLS 244: Digital Preservation and Access.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Last updated on April 4, 2004.