Place de la République (Arles)

Place de la République, located to the south of the old Roman forum in the town center of Arles, France, is currently punctuated by a number of façades, giving it the appearance of an Italian square. Reduced during the Middle Ages to a narrow forecourt between the Churches of Saint-Trophime and Sainte-Anne, it has since gained monuments of different styles and with different purposes, including an obelisk from the Roman cirque and a clock tower with an antique décor characteristic of sophisticated Provençal Renaissance architecture.

The buildings surrounding the square are comprised of:

  • Saint-Trophime Catholic Church – a former cathedral, built between the 12th and 15th centuries in the Romanesque architectural tradition. The sculptures over the church’s portal, particularly the Last Judgement, and the columns in the adjacent cloister, are also considered some of the finest examples of  Romanesque sculpture anywhere (below).
  • Sainte-Anne Church – built between 1614 and 1630, it has clear remnants of southern Gothic in its nave.
  • The Archbishop’s Palace – redeveloped in the 17th century, with its current façade having been rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.
  • The former Post Office – constructed in the late 19th century, it epitomizes the eclectic architecture of the era.
  • Visited: 2018
  • UNESCO: 1981 (Church of Saint-Trophime and its cloister)

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