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

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Following in the Footsteps of the Romans

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Perpignan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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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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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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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
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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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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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