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“Not particularly interesting”
Review of Cryptoportiques

Cryptoportiques
Ranked #16 of 72 things to do in Arles
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Canberra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
170 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
“Not particularly interesting”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Only interest is because it is underground and has the relationship to the original Roman forum. Not well lit and no interpretive material. Not worth the trouble or the fee.

Visited October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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141 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“take a flashlight!”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

It was not difficult to find the entrance. It is inside the town hall (Hotel de la ville) and the entrance door has a sign. You go down about three flights of stairs. There is very little lighting. I felt like IF we could see what was there, it might have been somewhat more interesting. There is no literature available at the entrance, but I did notice some form of taped tour information that appeared to be available for twelve euros. It is quite dark. We visited in October and there were several good sized puddles. Some were hard to miss and having a soaked shoe did not add to the minimalist experience. This would be a very difficult visit with young children and for anyone who has even a slight difficulty with walking. If you need a cool (temperature) spot and/or you like slightly spooky old caverns, this will be a short diversion for you. Otherwise, save your money for an Arles cafe--sit awhile and watch the sky, the buildings, the people, all above ground.

Visited October 2012
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Durban, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
116 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
Reviewed October 14, 2012

It was much bigger than expected. We found it very difficult to find as the entrance is in the Hotel de Ville but there are no signs telling you this. It would have been helpful to have some leterature on it.

Visited September 2012
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San Diego
Level 6 Contributor
222 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“An amazing walk (under) history”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

After we found how to enter this place, we were amazed. An underground world of Roman arches that 2000 years ago supported the Forum Square. At the time, they were at or above street level, but now are buried 20 feet below. Interesting to see the arch construction made of huge blocks of stone. How did they accomplish it all?!

Visited September 2012
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Lawrenceville, NJ
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Spooky and damp but...”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

Wandering through this ancient (30 BC) underground site, you step around damp spots and fallen bits of the vaults. Several meters below ground, pillars and arches held up the terrace of the Roman Forum that once stood here.

Visited September 2012
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