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Site Archeologique de Glanum
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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 6.00 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
Reviewed January 22, 2013

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.

5  Thank Rita D
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

The title says it all. We we weren't going to stop because we've seen quite a number of ruins, but our traveling companions hadn't, so... I'm glad we did. It doesn't take long, but is quite interesting.

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Reviewed December 30, 2012

We visited Glanum while staying in St Remy, Provence. There are two structures - a tower and an arch which are still standing almost complete situated just next to the carpark outside the paid site. An appreciation of the inside of the archaeological site requires an interest in history and a good imagination as there are just stones and some columns standing. Half our family is interested in history and appreciated the various remains on the site, the other half thought that it was just pieces of stones everywhere.

2  Thank Shrek-loves-Fiona
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

This should be on your must see when visiting St Remy. It is only a few kilometres out of town and is a dual purpose stop with the Vincent Van Gogh St Paul Mausolee virtually right next door which is a must see also.

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Reviewed December 2, 2012

I had visited Glanum about 12 years ago on my first trip to Provence. Since I was staying in St. Remy for 3 days I decided to visit it again. The site is quite extensive and interesting to see and learn about. It is similar to some other Roman ruins, but good if you have not done too many of them already. I visited in November and the weather was cool, but nice and there were only a couple of other people there. There is free parking on the other side of the road and it made a good stop on the way back from Les Baux.

Thank Jim_atl
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