Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Arles Roman theater pillar ruins.jpg
Ruins at the Roman theatre.

Location France
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 164
UNESCO region Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 1981 (5th Session)

Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments (French: Arles, monuments romains et romans)[1] is an area containing a collection of monuments in the city centre of Arles, France, that has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981.

The official brief description for this as a World Heritage Site is:

Arles is a good example of the adaptation of an ancient city to medieval European civilization. It has some impressive Roman monuments, of which the earliest – the arena, the Roman theatre and the cryptoporticus (subterranean galleries) – date back to the 1st century B.C. During the 4th century Arles experienced a second golden age, as attested by the baths of Constantine and the necropolis of Alyscamps. In the 11th and 12th centuries, Arles once again became one of the most attractive cities in the Mediterranean. Within the city walls, Saint-Trophime, with its cloister, is one of Provence's major Romanesque monuments.[2]

The protected area covers 65 ha. The following buildings are located within this area:[3]


Coordinates: 43°40′39.5″N 4°37′50.5″E / 43.677639°N 4.630694°E / 43.677639; 4.630694 (Arles, Roman and Romanesque Monuments)