Monday, June 20, 2016


For the second trip, the Citadel group headed to the ancient city of Arles, located in southern region of Provence. The first stop of our trip was the Roman amphitheatre where we ae  told that gladiator matches took place until the rise of Christianity and was still used to host concerts and bullfights. I personally was in awe of the sophistication of the design with just a mixture of brick, concrete and stone it is unbelievable that has lasted two thousand years. This feeling continued on the trip as the group saw Roman catacombs, a theatre and hybrid Roman-Gothic cathedral known as Cathédrale Saint-Trophime. The trip ended with a bus ride to a nearby fortification called Les Beaux-de-Provence which was built on top of and gave an excellent vantage point of the Provencial countryside.
Myself looking at the Arènes d'Arles.

Citadel cadets and Dr. Strobbe in front of Arènes d'Arles

Interior of the Arènes d'Arles

The entrance of Cathédrale Saint-Trophime

View of the countryside from Les Beaux en Provence
Under Arles in the catacombs
Cadet Matthew Lanetti in Cloître Cathédrale Saint-Trophime
Plaza of Cloître Cathédrale Saint-Trophime

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