The Roman Arena is the most heavily visited tourist
attraction in the city of Arles, which is the gateway to the Camargue.
The Arena was built around 1 B.C., or approximately 125 years
after the Romans colonized Arles and the Rhône
Delta. It seated 20,000 spectators on three tiers. Today, the Arena is used for
bullfights (see next page), concerts, operas, and theatre performances. It also
played a featured role in John Frankenheimer's 1998 action movie Ronin,
where Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, and other spies chased each other through
ancient passages beneath the stands.)
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