The Alyscamps, Arles in 1989: Past Squares 10

For today, I’m moving away from Sicily, but will probably return as I have a few more images to share. Instead, we’re off to Provence and staying with the Romans. I have been searching high and low for an image of the old Roman tombs in Arles, Provence. Finally found this one (a print so scanning it hasn’t produced the best image)…I am walking down this gloomy path between these ancient tombs.

The Alyscamps is actually a large Roman necropolis, apparently one of the most famous necropolises of the ancient world. It was referred to by Dante in The Inferno. This site was Arles’ main burial ground for nearly 1500 years. I found it a very sombre place.


  1. A great square of many many pasts

  2. It’s a great place to wander with the ancients. And I didn’t know about the Dante reference.
    I always carry images of Van Gogh and Gaugin’s paintings of the cemetery and feel more cheerful

  3. I have been to Arles a couple of times, but never got outside the centre to visit the necropolis.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. Nice place to walk. 😀 😀

  5. Like Pete above, I’ve been to Arles twice but never got beyond centreville. I don’t think I’ve missed too much though, and it does look very sombre.

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