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“Stroll about the ancient buildings and learn about past civilizations” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Site Archeologique de Glanum

Site Archeologique de Glanum
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Provence in One Day Small Group Day Trip from Avignon
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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 6.30 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 September to 31st March.> 1st January, 1st May, 1st November, 11th November and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 7,50 €; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4,50 €; 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
Vancouver, Canada
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“Stroll about the ancient buildings and learn about past civilizations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

I am obsessed with Roman ruins. Obsessed. This site did not disappoint. The ruins were well explained and, as other reviewers have mentioned, very compelling. The ruins cover a large area and there is also a very short hike up a hill were you can see the ruins from above (worth it). Do not miss!

Visited October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“compelling archeological site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

Glanum was home for several cultures starting about 200 BC and included Celtic, Greek, and Roman settlements build one on top of another. It is still an active dig with areas where you can see the most recent finds. It is HUGE and does involve walking, but if this interests you, it will be a great couple hours of exploration for you. You meander from the low point of Glanum to the current high point. (There is still much to be uncovered.) There are a few places where you get a sense of the height of the town, but most of the area consists of foundations, wells, lower parts of buildings, broken columns, stairs, floors, water conduits. The explanations along the way and the written description available at the ticket office (in several languages) are very helpful.
If you have great difficulty with walking, this isn't the place to visit, but it is easier to walk through than most Paris metro stations and the ruins in Arles (and much more interesting!)
The restaurant is open only in the summer.
When you buy your ticket here, you will get a booklet that gives discounts to other nearby attractions, including the next door asylum (for Van Gogh lovers).

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2012

Quite well preserved Roman settlement. Very well done and impressive for somewhere other than Italy. Outside you have a well preserved arch and monument free to everyone, but to see the rest you have to pay, although we got a discount because we'd picked up a token booklet from the tourist information. Worth doing whether you've been to somewhere better like Pompeii or not.

Visited October 2012
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“Very close to St. Remy”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

At first, we thought the Roman Arch right by the highway WAS the ruins! But we finally walked across the road, went to the visitor center, and entered the actual Glanum site. Wow -- they've uncovered only part of the city, but the explanations and directions are thorough and compelling. You almost feel the sense of the city as you walk up the main "street" and peer into the different public buildings. It's amazing.

Visited September 2012
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