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Cryptoportiques

Address: Rue Balze, Arles, France
Phone Number: 04-90-49-36-74
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Ranked #21 of 44 things to do in Arles
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks

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Kingston-upon-hull, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
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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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Ottawa, Canada
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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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Washington DC
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32 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

There's not a ton to see but it sure is an interesting place to visit, especially if you like Roman history. It's dark and has a very specific atmosphere and it certainly makes you wonder what the tunnels were used for and how things may have looked all those years ago. If you want to visit more Roman sights in... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Although they are not sure what these tunnels were used for, the tunnels are quite long and interesting to see. They ran out of English pamphlets to describe the attraction. Because it is deep underground, one has to walk down stairs to get to the tunnels and it is cool. There are uneven floors and some wet areas. I would... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

All underground, which I found a little creepy and disconcerting but it was wonderful to see the old Roman forum in Arles and what was left of it. If you are into Roman history, definitely a place to check out. Need to get to it from the Hotel de Ville.

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Newry, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

It is simply and empty, underground space. There is nothing to see once you are in the crypts. Very disappointing but at least we were out of the sun for a while.

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

They could have spent hours down there-- creepy, unexplained Roman ruins lying around. I had no idea it would be that appealing, but their imaginations ran wild down there and they loved it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

The entrance is within the Hotel de Ville, although the signs outside pointed in a completely different direction. Not a lot to see unless you are particularly interested in foundations and roman engineering. Be careful where you put your feet, there are some pretty big puddles.

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