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Address: Rue Balze, Arles, France
Phone Number: 04-90-49-36-74
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If you like old underground mysteries, this is for youi

In the great hall of the Hotel de Ville - The Town Hall of Arles, there is the entrance to a very special attraction. The Cryptoportique is the old basement of the Roman Forum. a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
ithaca96
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Colmar, France
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Colmar, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the great hall of the Hotel de Ville - The Town Hall of Arles, there is the entrance to a very special attraction. The Cryptoportique is the old basement of the Roman Forum. a square of arcades dimly lit, cool and mysterious. To walk around here is to go back a copule of thousand years and fell the wings... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to visit, cool and damp. It should have been a fascinating visit with my 9 year old grandson. Sadly, because there is very little information about this Roman city, we didn't really know what we were looking at. This is a pity. Arles is missing a trick as it is the same problem where ever you go.

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Thank lja1Uk
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beneath the Hotel de Ville, the crypoportiques are Roman streets of Arles. Fascinating and atmospheric, as well as an escape from the heat of the summer for half an hour or so. We visited using a pass giving access to a number of historic buildings and museums in Arles.

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Sudbury, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Dating back to ancient Rome, it's basically the basement under the old forum. You can easily see everything there is to see in a half hour. After visiting the amphitheater and the theater it felt like a bit of a let down but it offered some nice respite from the midday heat. No gift shop or concessions. Downside: Like all... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

This area, dark and wet as it is, or hot or cold, as the case may be, is quite interesting, at least from a historical point of view, particularly for lovers of history. As it is underground and very dark, with only some very dim lighting here and there, it is not suitable for everyone. Firstly you need to negotiate... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

This place is a must see place, not so often you can have the chance to go down underground in a 2000 years old tunnel from the old roman age. Very cool !

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St Paul
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

My husband really wanted to see this,so I did go with him. It was pretty cool to be so far underground and to know that the city actually started at this level. Couldn't see very well, as it's so dark.

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

This is probably not the place to take young children, as it is dark and little is explained. However, it is cool and damp on a hot day. If you have done your homework and can appreciate the engineering it took to build this structure, or just want to hide out from the heat, this is a great investment of... More 

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suffolk
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

As others have said, the Roman arches are interesting and worth visiting. Cheap to go into and few visitors when you are there. Not vast amounts to see, but use your imagination and enjoy. Encouraged us to find a different area of the town.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

Without a guide or a guidebook, you will probably storm through these underground corridors really fast, since basically - there's nothing to see apart from well.. corridors and walls. I'm aware these are super old and from Roman times, but without anyone "taking us back" to these times with their words and stories - I just couldn't feel anything special.

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