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Les Alyscamps with Roman Necropolises
The Alyscamps is home to one of the most famous sites of necropolises of the ancient world. Because Roman cities traditionally forbade burials within city limits, it was traditional for the roads immediately outside a city to be lined with tombs and mausoleums. Built in the 4th century C.E., the Alyscamps was Arles' main burial ground for nearly 1,500 years. Visiting this site wasn't like visiting a traditional museum, park, or tourist attraction. The outdoor environment really sparks your curiosity and definitely forces you to daydream as you're surrounded by ancient necropolises frozen in time. The Alyscamps have been made famous by Post-Impressionist French painters Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh, and to visit the open-air museum is amazing. In 1981, the Alyscamps was classified a UNESCO World Heritage site along with other monuments in Arles. If you are driving through or visiting Arles, it's definitely a highlight, especially if you're a lover of Roman history.
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