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Cryptoportiques

Rue Balze, Arles, France
04-90-49-36-74
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Ranked #18 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Type: Historic Sites
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Washington DC
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24 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
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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19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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31 attraction reviews
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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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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is worth a visit (best buy is to get the ticket for 9 euros that enables entrance to 5 sites, each one around 6 euros). It is surprising how large the underground structure is; it was above ground in the Roman times.

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Vancouver, Washington
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29 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

If you don't have any information about the Cryptoportiques, then it may not be worthwhile. I had a guidebook that explained the reason and importance of these underground tunnels, so I found them to be another interesting example of Roman engineering. Young adults and children seemed to enjoy the atmosphere in the dark and somewhat damp passages. If you buy... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There is an entrance fee of around 3.50 euros. We went underground expecting to see something spectacular. We walked in this underground crypt, but there is really nothing. I was expecting to see some tombs, but this underground passage is just an empty place. We were out of there after 10 or 15 minutes. Not worth the money we paid... More

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