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The Roman theater, begun by Augustus in the 1st century, was mostly destroyed and only two Corinthian columns remain. Here the Venus of Arles was discovered in 1651. A copy of a masterpiece of Hellenistic statuary, it was broken into three pieces and armless when discovered. Arles offered it to Louis XIV, who had it restored, and today it is in the Louvre. The stones and statues strewn about the garden make it a popular place for French youngsters practicing the sport of parkour, or free running, as they leap from pillar to column.