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Cryptoportiques, Arles

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Admire the first-century architecture of Cryptoportiques--three double, parallel passageways that were part of the forum. Fifty piers hold up the tunnel-like structures, which are arranged in a U shape. These once may have been barracks for slaves. Though the name is Roman, markings on the stones indicate that Greeks built these Arles structures. The Chapel of the Jesuit College and the City Hall now reside where the forum used to. Use our Arles online trip maker to visit Cryptoportiques on your trip to Arles, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • An interesting place to explore. It is underground but not well explained what it was used for. It is a quick visit. 
    An interesting place to explore. It is underground but not well explained what it was used for. It is a quick visit.  more »
  • This place is really cool and its a quick visit. I'm so glad we were able to see it. Underground tunnels that u can walk through. Stairs required so may not be the best choice for travelers that... 
    This place is really cool and its a quick visit. I'm so glad we were able to see it. Underground tunnels that u can walk through. Stairs required so may not be the best choice for travelers that...  more »
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  • If roman architecture is your thing don't miss it. A little note, there are only three descriptions panels on site, mostly in French, so an advise could be to read on the subject before going down to enjoy the herculean works. The visit consist of ambling in a massive underground structure, (in terms of volume of stones moved and carved with precision), to level the slope of the hill, so it could hold the constructions that came above, i.e the forum, the government official buildings and temples (all of which have disappeared, (except for 2 columns left in an adjacent building). A good place to ponder and reflect on the Roman power and architectural mastery. They made things to last for centuries, as if they were building eternity 😅. You can visit the place in a few minutes or take your time to enjoy their ingenuity and know-how.
  • I really enjoyed visiting these well preserved crypts underneath Arles. There’s a few posts there with some information written in French, but if you don’t understand French you can read all about the crypt’s on the internet.

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