Ancient Arles Departmental Museum © M. Lacanaud

The Arles circus at the time of Constantine, 1/100 scale model designed by museum archaeologists and P. Berger, with the help and guidance of G. Hallier (CNRS) and J. Humphrey (Ann Arbor University).

Identified since the Middle Ages, the Arles circus is also the best known; it was located in a flat area near the Rhône. Outside the city walls, the foundation piles discovered make it possible to precisely date the construction of 149 CE. It measured 101 metres wide by 450 metres long and could accommodate nearly 25,000 spectators. It was abandoned in the 6th century.