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Dark, not very interesting.

Didn't love this one. Dark underground tunnels, without much else. Maybe a nice thing to do in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Dani B
Worth a visit

The entrance to the Cryptoportiques is from the town hall. It is really worth a visit to see how... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't love this one. Dark underground tunnels, without much else. Maybe a nice thing to do in the summer, but I cannot recommend. So many great things to see - don't waste your time unless you're hot and crypts are really your thing.

Thank Dani B
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

The entrance to the Cryptoportiques is from the town hall. It is really worth a visit to see how the Romans built the foundations for their buildings and squares. It is quite large and has been used for many things since being constructed.

Thank LindaS642
Reviewed 16 September 2018

If you've toured any antiquities, this is nothing special. There's not much to see under there. It's a cellar with some pieces of broken of Roman columns. Also it's too dark to see what little is there.

Thank Terri H
Reviewed 14 September 2018 via mobile

An unusual place to visit, dark and a little dank, but you can still see the chisel marks in the stone, it is understandably un weathered. If stones could talk this would have a story to tell.. very atmospheric.

Thank mikebQ2564MA
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

There’s perhaps not a huge amount to see here, but it’s fascinating just to understand the history. It’s included in the Avantage/Liberté passes so worth a look if you have one of those, although otherwise it may be one for the hardcore history buffs!

Thank Leacroft
Reviewed 29 August 2018

The Cryptoportiques do seem quite bare, but apparently the thinking is that they were basically the substructure for the Forum built above them. The structures are very interesting and the side chambers are also very interesting. Loved the detail on the stonework which has pretty...More

Thank Rowie47
Reviewed 27 August 2018

It looked like abandoned. Too much water falling from the roof, dark, even dangerous for kids. No one watching over

Thank DomenicoL
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

I love things which are a bit quirky and different and this fits the bill perfectly. The entrance is a bit tricky to find as it's situated in the Town Hall. You then descend about 100 stairs into the Cryptoportiques. I entirely agree with those...More

Thank RobertJE
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

I have always been fascinated by Roman history, and the basement is a delightful find. While some reviews may describe it as “boring”, my husband, 12yr old son and I found it quite interesting. This large gallery of rooms along the forum, was built, according...More

Thank lesleyenglandfamily
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Interesting to see the Roman capitols and column pieces kept in this area under the City Center. You can access it with the Liberty Pass (also gets you the Theatre and Arena).

Thank lsutherland99
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Response from Lynne C | Reviewed this property |
According to the brochure I picked up, the only days that the Arles Museums (which includes the cryptoportiques) are closed are 1st Jan, 1st May, 1st November and 25th December, otherwise they are open. Opening hours vary... More