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  • 1. 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

  • 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. 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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  • 4. Ancienne Halle aux Grains

    Ruins

    Built in 1761, this former grain market serves as a post office today—a rather spectacular building for a prosaic service. The frieze, portraying...Read More

  • 5. Arc de Triomphe

    Ruins

    North of the city center is the Arc de Triomphe, which once straddled the Via Agrippa between Lyon and Arles. Three arches support a heavy double...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Le Port Antique

    Vieux Port | Garden

    This garden in front of the Musée d'Histoire de Marseille stands on the site of the city's classical waterfront and includes remains of the...Read More

  • 10. Les Antiques

    Ruins

    Two of the most miraculously preserved classical monuments in France are simply called Les Antiques. Dating to 30 BC, the Mausolée (mausoleum...Read More

  • 11. Maison Carrée

    Museum/Gallery

    Lovely and forlorn in the middle of a busy downtown square, this exquisitely preserved temple strikes a timeless balance between symmetry and...Read More

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  • 12. Pont Romain

    Ruins

    The remarkable single-arch Roman bridge, built in the first century, stands firm across the Ouvèze River. ...Read More

  • 13. Quartier de Puymin

    Ruins

    Like a tiny Roman forum, the Quartier de Puymin spreads over the field and hillside in the heart of town, visible in passing from the city streets...Read More

  • 14. Temple de Diane

    Ruins

    This shattered Roman ruin dates to the 2nd century BC. The temple's function is unknown, though it's thought to have been part of a larger Roman...Read More

  • 15. Théâtre Antique

    Ruins

    Directly up Rue de la Calade from Place de la République, you'll find these ruins of a theater built by the Romans under Augustus in the 1st...Read More

  • 16. Théâtre Antique

    Ruins

    Even less touristy than Nîmes and just as eccentric, the city of Orange (pronounced "oh- rawnzh ") nonetheless draws thousands every year to...Read More

  • 17. Thermes Constantin

    Ruins

    Along the riverfront stand the remains of vast and sophisticated Roman baths, luxurious social centers that once included sports facilities...Read More

  • 18. Tour Magne

    Ruins

    At the far end of the Jardins de la Fontaine, you'll find the remains of a tower the emperor Augustus had built on Gallic foundations; it was...Read More

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  • 19. Village des Bories

    Ruins

    Just outside Gordes, on a lane heading north from D2, you'll see signs leading to this village. The bizarre and fascinating little stone hovels...Read More

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