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Late afternoon sun illuminates the interior of the Arles Cathedral, L'Eglise St. Trophime, circa 1180. <br />
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Arles was first inhabited in the seventh century BC as a Phoenician trading center on the Rhone River, and shows signs of Greek influence owing to archaeological evidence and pottery of Greek design. Arles later became a Celtic-Ligurian town in the third century BC and, then in the first century BC, a Gallo-Roman city.<br />
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The Roman-era arena similar to Rome's Coliseum is so well preserved that it is still the major arena of the city and is used for bullfighting and other traditional festivals.