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  • 1. Abbaye de Montmajour

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This magnificent Romanesque abbey looming over the marshlands north of Arles stands in partial ruin. Begun in the 10th century by a handful...Read More

  • 2. Arènes

    Ruins

    The best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world is a miniature of the Colosseum in Rome (note the small carvings of Romulus and Remus, the...Read More

  • 3. Arènes

    Ruins

    Rivaled only by the even better-preserved version in Nîmes, the arena dominating old Arles was built in the 1st century AD to seat 21,000 people...Read More

  • 4. Espace Van Gogh

    Garden

    A strikingly resonant site, this was the hospital to which the tortured artist repaired after cutting off his earlobe. Its courtyard has been...Read More

  • 5. Pont du Gard

    Ruins

    The ancient Roman aqueduct is shockingly noble in its symmetry, the rhythmic repetition of arches resonant with strength, testimony to an engineering...Read More

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  • 6. Carrée d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The glass-fronted Carrée d'Art (directly opposite the Maison Carrée) was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster as its neighbor's stark...Read More

  • 7. Carrières de Lumières

    Nature Sight

    This vast old bauxite quarry has 66-foot-high stone walls that make a dramatic setting for a multimedia show in which thousands of images are...Read More

  • 8. Cathédrale Notre-Dame et St-Castor

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Destroyed and rebuilt in several stages, Nîmes Cathedral was damaged by Protestants during the 16th-century Wars of Religion but still shows...Read More

  • 9. Centre d'Information de la Réserve Nationale de Camargue

    Visitor Center

    At the easternmost point of the Etang du Vaccarès, La Capeliére has a good visitor center with maps as well as exhibits on wildlife. There are...Read More

  • 10. Centre d'Information du Parc Naturel Régional de Camargue

    Visitor Center

    Pick up maps, information, and a permit (required for visitors to the reserve) at the center, just up the D570 from the Parc Ornithologique...Read More

  • 11. Château

    Castle/Palace

    Despite Tarascon's modern-day drawbacks, with the walls of its formidable château plunging straight into the roaring Rhône, this ancient city...Read More

  • 12. Château des Baux

    Castle/Palace

    High above the Val d'Enfer, the 17-acre clifftop sprawl of ruins is contained under the Château des Baux umbrella. At the entrance, the Tour...Read More

  • 13. Cloître St-Trophime

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This peaceful haven, one of the loveliest cloisters in Provence, is tucked discreetly behind St-Trophime, the notable Romanesque treasure. A...Read More

  • 14. Collégiale St-Martin

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    St-Rémy is wrapped by a lively commercial boulevard, lined with shops and cafés and anchored by its 19th-century church Collégiale St-Martin...Read More

  • 15. Cryptoportiques

    Ruins

    Entering through the elegant 17th-century City Hall, you can gain access to these ancient underground passages dating to 30–20 BC. The horseshoe...Read More

  • 16. Domaine de Méjanes Paul Ricard

    Sports–Sight

    Near the northern shore of the Etang de Vaccarès, one of the larger ranches in the Camargue has now been turned into a showplace for all things...Read More

  • 17. Église des Stes-Maries

    Museum/Gallery

    What is most striking to a visitor entering the damp, dark, and forbidding fortress-church Église des Stes-Maries is its novel character. Almost...Read More

  • 18. Église St-Trophime

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Classed as a world treasure by UNESCO, this extraordinary Romanesque church alone would justify a visit to Arles. The side aisles date to the...Read More

  • 19. Fondation Vincent Van Gogh

    Museum/Gallery

    Van Gogh's 15-month stay in Arles represents a climax in the artist's career. Enchanted with Arles's limpid light, vibrant landscape, and scenic...Read More

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  • 20. Glanum

    Ruins

    A slick visitor center prepares you for entry into the ancient village of Glanum, with scale models of the site in its various heydays. A good...Read More

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