Arles | History, Geography, & Points of Interest | Britannica
Arles was also home to the painter Vincent van Gogh during one of his most productive periods. A naval base under the Romans, Arles is still a river port, mainly for oil tankers. Industries include chemical, metal, and paper manufacture, but the economy is largely based on tourism and agriculture. Pop. (1999) 50,513; (2014 est.) 52,697.