#8 – Ampitheaters and a bit of Arles
If you want to read about our trip from the beginning, go to post #2- “My Visit to France: The Camargue” at http://www.catandbaby.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/275/.
Continuing with my photo essay of my visit to France…
Here I am in front of the amphitheater during our brief stop in Nimes. This is one of the better preserved amphitheaters in France. Constructed around 70 AD under the rule of the Roman empire, it was used for gladiator fights and other public events. Later on in the 6th century, a wall and moat were built around it for protection, and a village of 700 people (complete with two churches) existed inside. (For “10 Famous Roman Amphitheaters” go to http://www.touropia.com/roman-amphitheaters/.
Now moving inside, here’s another shot of the passageway that leads around the perimeter of the amphitheater and into the seating area. There are 60 arches in………HEY! WHAT ARE YOU DOING??!!!
As I was saying, the Nimes amphitheater was built with 120 arches on two levels. Moving on to the city of Arles, we see another amphitheater in this night time……HEY! ALLIGATOR! I SAID, WHAT ARE YOU DOING??????
“I just thought I’d liven up your photo essay a bit. Hey listen Cat, here’s the same song in french—(I’m learning french you know)— Il y a un endroit en France….”
BUT YOU ARE INTERRUPTING ME!
“Oh, I am so sorry. I will behave.”
Thank you! Now moving on to the rest of my Arles photos . . .
Here is a shot of the Place du Forum in the town square which was the center of life in the ancient Roman city. I like how this little cafe was just casually there in front of these Roman ruins, and how the ruins were simply incorporated into structures built later on.
The Place du Forum is across from the cafe where Vincent Van Gogh painted his “terrasse du cafe le soir”.
This yellow cafe in Arles is a re-creation of the painting.
Next to the plaza is the Eglise St-Trophime, a church built in the 12th century. Here is the west entrance to the church, and skull and crossbones images inside the church.
The church cloister was added on later to house the monks; it is best known for its medieval carvings. Here is a link to a site that gives more background on the church: http://www.sacred-destinations.com/ – (type in Eglise St-Trophime in the search box within the site).
Some Arles buildings…
Our hotel, and a view down the street at night.
Time to go.