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

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Dimitris L
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Sydney, Australia

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Robina, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Does miss this amazingly fascinating Roman experience in Arles. Spend some time down here and marvel at the vast engineering expertise those early Romans must have known. This Roman Cryptoportique experience is all included when you buy the complete "Arles attractions" tourist pass. Another great day in Arles. Thank you.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Definitely get the guide to understand what your seeing. Shows profile of site usage from pre Romans throughout medieval to now. Otherwise fairly scant catacombs.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Built first century BC, the Cryptoportiques supported the Roman Forum. Walking through the cryptoporticus it is very dark in places and the surface is uneven in parts, there were also puddles to dodge, so sensible shoes are a good idea. It is amazing these tunnels have survived and wandering about, you can't help but think of another time. We purchased... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

The Hotel de Ville you walk through to get to the underground might be of more interest than the catacombs. It is quite dark and hard to see underground. It is of interest to know that Romans were using this area centuries ago.

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