The Archbishop's Palace

Historic site and monument
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Date: 17th and 18th centuries
Era: Classical period
Type: religious architecture
Status: property of the Town of Arles, listed as a national Historic Monument in 1922 and 1959
The façade of the Archbishop's Palace
on the Place de la République
The former Archbishop's Palace has an imposing façade on the east of the Place de la République.
The building was associated with the Church of Arles in the Middle Ages, but has since undergone a number of transformations, whose history and visibility remain problematic.
However, thanks to these transformations, we are still able to admire a wonderful example of Classical Arles architecture.
The original function of the monument was lost during the Revolution.
Since then, it has been used for civic purposes, such as a municipal library from 1829 to 1988 and is currently a branch of the university.
The physiognomy of the mediaeval building remains relatively unknown, as archaeological remains and documentary sources are extremely rare.
The modern palace has also undergone a number of modifications, particularly during the 19th century. An architectural study of the building is therefore particularly complicated.
The only remains of f the 17th century building are the entrance porch, the monumental staircase and the rooms decorated with wall paintings, woodwork and stucco.
The staircase, the Archbishops' study and the ceiling of the Bishops' former bathroom are listed as national Historic Monuments.
These features, in addition to the sombre, majestic 18th century façade (also listed) are nevertheless a wonderful example of Classical architecture in Arles.
General information
  • Style :
    • Classical
The Archbishop's Palace
Place De la République
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Phone : +33 4 90 18 41 20
Phone : +33 4 90 18 41 20
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Palais de l'Archevêché
Place De la République
GPS coordinates
Latitude : 43.676377
Longitude : 4.627669