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Cryptoportiques

Rue Balze, Arles, France
04-90-49-36-74
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Ranked #20 of 31 Attractions in Arles
Type: Historic Sites
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Ottawa, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
29 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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36 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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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10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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