Located in the Provence region of southeastern France and onverlooking the Rhône Valley, Arles boasts of some magnificent Roman ruins, dating back to its days as a part of the Empire. Much later on, Van Gogh would come to call this same place home.
|St. Trophime, named for a third-century bishop of Arles, has a classic Romanesque facade||The Cloisture of Saint Trophime. Here we see Romanesque columns, from the 12th century.|
|Les Alyscamps, an ancient Roman and early Christian burial ground (4th through 12th centuries)||The courtyard of the hospital where Van Gogh was looked after|
|The Ampitheatre, built in 80 AD, could hold 20,000 spectators||The Rhône meanders lazily in the background, in this view from an Ampitheatre tower.|
Just an easy, twenty-minute train ride north of Arles sits this walled city, featuring the stunning Palace of the Popes.
|The Palace of The Popes, home of The Pope in the 14th century||One of the many narrow alleys in this charming town|
|The Rhône Valley, looking out over the defensive wall that used to surround the city||This tower from the old wall still stands today|
The "City of Lights" has beckoned travelers worldwide for hundreds of years. In a city known for, among other things, its museums, the centerpiece has to be The Louvre. Built in 1200 as a medieval fortress, later a royal palace, it is now home to the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo, and some 100,000 other objects d'art.
|Les Invalides||The city, as seen from the Pompidou Centre. The Eiffel Tower can be seen upper left.|
|Louvre||Jardin des Tuilleries|
|The Musée d'Orsay - originally a train station||The view along the Seine|
Last updated on 05/14/2002
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