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by Liam Hetherington
Manchester, United Kingdom
August 2, 2008
From journal Provence: A Home From Rome
June 10, 2006
From journal Around and about Avignon
by Bob Nicholls
July 2, 2002
Jump ahead to current-day Orange, located in the northwest corner of Provence, containing some of the finest Roman constructions to be found anywhere in France. Normally one might call them ruins, but they are anything but, a remarkable testament to the ingenuity of their builders.
There are two significant sites in the town of Orange that should not be missed. An Arc de Triomphe, smaller than the famed Arc in Paris, but obviously much older, represents the various conquests of none other than Julius Caesar. Its detailed decorations are outstanding, despite the ravages of time and pollution. Sitting in the middle of a traffic circle may have diminished its grandeur somewhat and contributed to its condition, but it nevertheless stands proudly as a symbol of one of the Roman provinces (and thus the name Provence).
The second important structure, the Theatre Antique d'Orange is a spectacular amphitheatre built into the side of a hill, in the same manner as the original Greek theatres. It is one of the best preserved anywhere, built during the reign of Augustus (circa 27 - 25 BC) and still in use for operas, ballets and concerts, seating up to 10,000 people. It is indeed a "must-see." Displays indicate how the theatre was equipped, unbelievably ingenious for the era, and once again showing the skill the Romans had for architecture and design.
Though there are interesting streets to wander and pleasant cafes, Orange is THE place to visit if you want to see where the Romans began their conquest of ancient Gaul. Roman Orange is an important legacy to history, and your starting point for much more Roman history in Provence and France.
From journal Discovering Provence