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Address: Rue Balze, Arles, France
Phone Number: 04-90-49-36-74

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For Rome 'spotters'

A must if you like Roman stuff, otherwise cold and dark! Fascinating and relatively large series of underground galleries that served the purpose of acting as the foundations of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A must if you like Roman stuff, otherwise cold and dark! Fascinating and relatively large series of underground galleries that served the purpose of acting as the foundations of the ancient Roman forum above. A 3 euro guide helps explain the site, so is a useful purchase. Access via the town hall and a series of steps. A site more... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Our family visited the Cryptoportiques as part of our 'Pass Liberte' (buy from tourist office in Arles and enjoy 4 monuments, a museum and the Musee Reattu all for 11 Euro per adult - Children free). This was the first time we had visited underground corridors and we enjoyed the experience for what it was - underground corridors. Yes it... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Underground chamber, very big area and well preserved in the centre of town. Get there early to avoid the queue.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We went there as part of the collective pass that we bought. Really interesting although usage was slightly unclear. Was used to keep slaves at one time. Well preserved and rather different.

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Perpignan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We visited the cryptopotiques after seeing several striking promotional photos. It is interesting to climb down and explore these huge underground walkways, but it was very dimly lit and not really shown properly for the fascinating attraction that it could be. As you progess down the tunnels there are several options on direction and it would be far better to... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

In the ancient Place du Forum in Arles, is the entrance to remains of the Roman Forum, including the cryptoporticos. The arched structure, which follows the shape of the square, was the foundation of the Forum. To get there you go downstairs into a dark, damp corridor in which you can feel the energies of the shop owners and workers... More 

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The cryptoportiques are an excellent testament to solid Roman architecture and building. Running under the Place du Forum, these are the original cellars and tunnels under the Roman Forum - they are quite dark and go on for a long time. I couldn't help but wonder at how excellent the Romans were at building. Scattered around the tunnels are parts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Our tour guide discouraged us from visiting the subterranean structures under the old Roman forum, so most of our party headed for the town market. But being a fan of Roman engineering and architecture, I made my way through the entrance in the city hall and descended into what is a vast and absolutely fascinating example of the strong foundations... More 

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

It is a wow experience, goes seemingly for miles underground. This, the footprint of the ancient Forum in Arles. Wonderful to see, and to imagine what this sub-basement was used for during Roman times.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We had the Arles pass and this site was included on the pass. It is worth a visit, as a good part of Arles has ancient Roman ruins and this allows one to view the underside of the ruins. This was constructed to support the Roman Forum square nearly 2,000 years ago. At the time much of this was street... More 

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