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Place du Forum

Arles, France
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Ranked #16 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Dining
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Owner description: This intimate town square was once the heart of the city in ancient Roman times.
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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236 reviews 236 reviews
56 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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74 reviews 74 reviews
34 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The side streets, the restaurants, and other buildings in the Forum reminded me of the colors of Van Gogh's paintings. It was worth walking around the Place du Forum and side streets just to sense his presence.

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Waitsburg, Washington
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

A fascinating look back into history, by a U.S. Visitor who comes from a country only a few hundred years old. The Romans built to last, as evidenced by these carved pillars, the arena and theatre, their roads and aqueducts.

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Montpellier, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Just like many other (too) touristic places, all the waiters there are not very service oriented. They don't have to make any effort to get customers thanks to the famous painting of Gogh. Therefore the service is quite bad. Food is very ordinary and mediocre however quite expensive. Can't pay with any credit cards. The service is very slow even... More

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Washington DC
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The square is full of restaurants to pick from or a cafe to stop in and have a drink. The historic hotel, Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus, is on the corner of the square and Van Gogh's cafe is also in the square. There is a marker that shows the painting relative to the cafe, these markers are all around Arles for... More

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