My friends and I took a short walk around central Arles one afternoon. This beautiful town was founded on the Rhône River around 800 BCE and eventually conquered by the Roman in 123 BCE. The site was a popular vacation place various Roman emperors. As early as 225 CE, it became a location for early Christian communities, and an important Bishopric promoted Christianity through Gaul.
- The Arena in Arles, minus 2000 years of grime
Unfortunately, during the Dark and Middle Ages, they also ‘mined’ many of the Roman structures, such as the theater and the baths, for stone to build later churches, so many of the ancient sites are but a shadow of their original selves.
The arena was hosting a student gathering, so rather than entering we walked around the circumference. Both it and the Theater were closed for cleaning – by blasting with dry ice, I found out…
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