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Address: Arles, France
Activities: Dining
Description: This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman...
This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.
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Place of Cafe de la nuit

This place is around old Roman Forum, surrounded by shade trees. Van Gogh's "Cafe de la Nuit" once stood here. Ther is still a restaurant by the sane name (photo). There is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 6, 2014
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The Place du Forum is a town square surrounded by cafes and hotels. This was the scene that Vincent Van Gogh painted in his famous Night Cafe in Place du Forum. Amazing to stand in the same spot and look up the street towards the starry sky and imagine Vincent taking in the same view and capturing it forever on... More 

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Atlanta
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181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This was an unexpected delight, made so by the excellent video (with English subtitles) that they provided, out under the trees, of all places. I've never seen an outdoor video presentation, and it was hard to see because of the sunlight. They ought to put a sunshade over the screen, or some type of film directly on it to help... More 

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The Place du Forum has some beautiful buildings in it, and as excitingly, part of the original Forum building standing (preserved in the wall of a newer building). For me, personally, the Place is also the site of the café painted by Van Gogh in his 'Night Cafe' painting. I loved standing on the corner of the Place where Van... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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362 reviews 362 reviews
121 attraction reviews
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

You can come here to eat if you like. Van Gogh painted one of his famous night scenes here and there's a marker describing the event. Some restaurants have closed, though, and the liveliness common in a previous era seems to have dissipated. So somewhat disappointing on my return, but if you have never been here it's worth a look... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This place is around old Roman Forum, surrounded by shade trees. Van Gogh's "Cafe de la Nuit" once stood here. Ther is still a restaurant by the sane name (photo). There is a hotel named Grand HotelNord-Pinus. On one of its corners one can find two Corinthian columns.

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Lake Forest, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Searching in this plaza for "Place du Forum", we almost missed the columns that seemed to blend in with the current building.

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Armonk, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Nice to see the tip of the Forum (go underground for the size!) and now many restaurants and a nice glacee place. Popular during the week, nearly abandoned on Sunday night.

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

not much to see but reasonably close to the ampitheatre in Arles. Don't need to spend much time here.

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Sandy, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Our hotel was the Hotel du Forum, located right n the Place du Forum. While the Place is not very large, there are lots of cafes, including the famous café that Vincent Van Gogh painted (the City Terrace, now known as the Café Van Gogh). A part of ancient Arles remains in the square, a pillar dating back to 49AD.

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Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Of course, a must visit if a Van Gogh fan. VERY touristy, and I was advised by two locals to avoid the food due to health regulation checks which found them very poor in their hygiene. My hotel was also in this place, so it was nice to look out my window and think on Van Gogh. In September tables... More 

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