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Treasures of the Museum of Ancient Arles Travel in Provence

Museum of Ancient Arles. Photo: Rémi Bénali

Ancient ships that have survived until today are few and far between because the wood they are made from disintegrates over time. Maybe the best known is the Gokstad Viking ship in Oslo, dating back to the ninth century. But far older is the Roman barge at the Museum of Ancient Arles, in Provence. This 2,000-year-old vessel is the highlight of a museum that is a must-see for any lover of Roman history.

This blue-walled building is built on the site of the old Roman circus, right next to the Rhône River. And that river is the source of some of…

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