Site Archeologique de Glanum

Site Archeologique de Glanum, Saint-Remy-de-Provence

Site Archeologique de Glanum

Site Archeologique de Glanum
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
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9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
At the heart of the magnificent Alpilles mountains, the archaeological site at Glanum features the remains of an important Roman settlement that prospered from the 6th century BC to the third century AD. This fascinating site includes the ruins of both civic and religious edifices and is unique in Provence. Open: > 1st April to 30th September: from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. > 1st October to 31st March: from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission 30 minutes before closing time. Closed: > Mondays from 1st October to 31st March. > 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 8 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 6,50 €; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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1,435 reviews
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La Crosse, WI1,583 contributions
Nov 2019
We stopped here on a small group day tour of Provence, so we didn't have a lot of time, but what we saw was breathtaking. There are very good interpretive signs to go with the ruins and you can walk among them and get a feel for their magnificence. You are also just across the street from the hospital where Van Gogh painted many of his famous paintings, so don't miss that, either.
Written January 8, 2020
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Switzerland959 contributions
Oct 2021
an interesting if relatively small archaeological site just outside Saint-Rémy well worth visiting. The two principal monuments, built in the 1st century B.C., are surprisingly well kept. You do not need a guide to understand the development and history of the site - there are quite a few signs which provide explanations in French and English.
Written October 27, 2021
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Alexandre H
Madrid, Spain74 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Went there with the kids it is great to understand the evolution of the city accross time. The visit is well explained and quite comprehensive. The site is medium size and the visit took a bit more than an hour, right amount of time to keep children focus.
Written July 26, 2020
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London, UK21 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
It’s not Pompeii but us definitely worth a visit if you like walking and are interested in Roman history. I have been many times and always enjoy it.

If you are going in summer take hat, spf and sunglasses and water. Also wear comfortable walking shoes or sneakers as the site is quite uneven in places.
The visitor centre is modern and well stocked with books on the Romans for both adults and children and a few local gifts and toys It now provides excellent maquettes showing the development of glanum through roman times. Unfortunately there is no longer a cafe.
There used to be one on site serving Roman style local specialties and ice creams under the trees- it was a lovely place to eat lunch and it would be nice to see it reopen.
Written August 28, 2020
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Rita D
London21 contributions
Jan 2013 • Couples
If you love Provence and are interested in antiquity, visiting Glanum is a must. The remains of this small town provide us with unique evidence of the first three large ethnic groups to make their mark on Provence, and how they overlapped in this special place. And it is a lovely site, small enough that one can absorb it physically as one looks from a viewpoint above at the whole. And then one can get a hold of its history as one delves into the detail, walking around the ruins of this small town. It is a fine place for those who already know something of Provence in antiquity, or for those just beginning to explore it.

Apparently the Celtic-Ligurian tribe, the Glanics, were here first, around the sixth century BC. They created a sanctuary based on a sacred spring, dedicated to a water divinity. Around this their settlement grew up. Many of the buildings of this period reflect (surprisingly) Hellenistic influences, it seems because the Celtic-Ligurians acquired new neighbours around 600 BC — Greeks who landed in what is now Marseilles, settled there and founded the city. For many centuries the Greeks seemed to get along well with their neighbours, the Celto-Ligurians, and there is a lot of evidence at Glanum that they influenced them in house styles and construction techniques. Greeks didn’t take the town over, but some may have settled there. It is interesting to reflect that their initial good relations may have been partly due to sharing spiritual beliefs and values — there are, of course, the remains of many sanctuaries in Greece too. Later, relations seem to have become strained, the Greeks asked the Romans to support them, and, well, the end of the story is predictable. The Romans moved in and turned Glanum into a Roman settlement with all that went with this — forum, temple, baths, monuments, etc. All the stages of these changes to Glanum are there to be observed from the remains.

The site is easy to find — it is on the road out of St Rémy-de-Provence, heading across the delightful Les Alpilles towards Les Baux-de-Provence. Two remarkably-preserved large Roman structures lie on one side of the road, the remainder of the town on the other. It is accessible to wheelchairs and mobility scoooters — though you need a fair amount of strength and effort and, inevitably, cannot get to quite all the remains. Staff lend those with reduced mobility a very helpful flip-book showing each building as it is now, and as it would have appeared originally (actually, this would be helpful for everybody). A useful free leaflet indicating individual buildings on the site, in English, was given to us with our tickets. There is a small museum space within the ticket office, with some interesting finds from the site (and an even smaller number of labels in English). But the bulk of the finds are supposed be on show within St Rémy. at the Hôtel de Sade. However, this is currently closed for renovations. So, sadly, most items recovered from the site —some of which are well- and enticingly-illustrated in the inexpensive English guide book (which I warmly recommend) — cannot be seen at present . (This is the third museum in Provence that we have found to be closed for at least another 6 months. This seems extremely bad planning in the year in which Marseille is European Capital of Culture.) A final positive note — we found the staff unfailingly charming and helpful, and immensely enthusiastic about the site they were caring for. Those who had some English tried very hard to communicate with us, and made our visit an extra pleasure.
Written January 23, 2013
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Vancouver1 contribution
Pretty neat place if Roman ruins are your sort of thing. Easy to find and readily accessible. The ruins themselves are beautiful and the walk is very enjoyable. There is a small restaurant that serves authentic Roman dishes. Worth the trip.
Written June 9, 2006
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Vancouver, Canada192 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
Glanum is a fascinating way to spend a couple hours, strolling about the ancient buildings and learning about past civilizations.

As explained throughout the site, this is not the ruins of a city at one particular time, but the remains of successive settlements built at different times, starting with a small fortified town almost 2500 years ago. Most of the ruins date back to the Gallo-Roman period. Several of the buildings have informative signs and overhead maps explaining what they were and how people used them. You are also given a map when you enter, suggesting a route for your visit and providing further detail on parts of the site. One of the highlights is the old sacred spring, which has been a pilgrimage location for thousands of years. It is now home to several colorful carp. The parking lot area includes two of the more majestic Gallo-Roman monuments, which are free to visit, and serve to whet your appetite for the awesomeness of seeing the rest of the site.

Glanum was abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire, and its inhabitants founded Saint-Remy, just up the road. Many of the old buildings in Saint-Remy were built using stones from Glanum. After a while, the ancient town site was buried by floods, leaving only the monuments in what is now the parking lot. These two monuments were maintained for centuries and became the focus of pilgrimages. It’s no surprise that they are the best preserved of the ruins in the area.

The site is quite large, but only part of the ancient city has been excavated. While some of it is now buried under the nearby highway, there are still archaeologists working on site doing research and restoration, so it may expand in the future. The excitement of discovery is palpable here, and we found ourselves chatting with other enthusiastic visitors about what we were seeing and experiencing. There is a small museum at the entrance displaying artwork and bits of building interiors found on site, although much of this material has been taken away to other museums for preservation. For what it’s worth, Glanum was a far more educational and enlightening experience than all of the Arles monuments combined, despite their better state of preservation.

When you visit Glanum, they give you a book that gets you a discounted admission to the adjacent Cloître Saint-Paul, an ancient hospital that once cared for the pilgrims visiting the Roman monuments but now cashes in on its connection to Van Gogh. It is also worth a visit.
Written November 4, 2012
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Seattle, WA14 contributions
If you can't make it to Rome or Pompeii or Greece, but want a feel for ruins, you need only go to St Remy de Provence. Just south of St. Remy, on the way to Les Baux, and right next to the sanitarium where Vincent van Gogh spent his last years, is an amazing architectural dig, with both Roman and Greek ruins. It is special because it is so accessible - you walk among the ruins, and can really envision what life was like. I first went about ten years ago, and there have been additional excavations, so if you've been before, you should go again. It would be helpful to have some better guidebooks or information on what one is seeing, but still it's worth the trip.
Written November 3, 2010
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Scott M
39 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
Great ruins, lots of interesting things to see. Allow at least one hour, not to be missed if you enjoy a a walk back on time.
Written September 12, 2019
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Rionegro, Colombia544 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
Not really worth my time. Archeologists and Indiana Jones types may find this spot interesting but for me there was much to be desired.
Written May 12, 2019
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