Sunday, December 27, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Arles

The amphitheatre dates from about AD 75 and could hold a crowd of nearly 20,000, who came to see gladiator combats, small game hunts and prisoner executions.

Arles has preserved impressive remains from its Roman and Medieval past. It was originally a Greek settlement and became a Roman colony in 46 BC.

The famous Obelisk Fountain in the Town Hall Square affords weary tourists a chance to rest and just "watch the world go by."

A major point of interest when visiting the Town Hall Square is St. Trophime church, a Romanesque church built in the 12th century.

The bountiful Saturday morning farmers' market, considered to be the largest weekly outdoor market in Provence, showcased wonderful fruits, vegetables, fresh fish, seasonings, herbs and many more specialties of southern France.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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