Things to See

5 things to see in Nîmes, France

Spread across a sunny plane in the south of France, Nimes has a vivid past and of of the largest, best-preserved collections of Roman ruins in France. Spend a few days exploring the city’s stunning art and architecture, and don’t miss these local landmarks.

  1. Arena of Nimes. Just a short walk from the train station, the arena is drenched in history. Construction of the ampitheatre began around 100 AD. When complete, it could hold 24,000 spectators. Today, it is one of the best preserved Roman arenas in the world, according to the cultural preservation organization Culturespaces.
  2. Maison Carrée. A preserved Roman temple near the center of the city, the Maison Carrée was built around 12 BC and remains in use centuries later.
  3. Tour Magne. One of the oldest Roman structures in the region, once an important strategic defense for the region, the tower offers gorgeous views of Nimes and the surrounding countryside.
  4. The Temple of Diana and the Jardins de la Fontaine. Wander through the ruins of the ancient Roman building, thought to be a library, and enjoy the swans and ornate statues found throughout the rest of the garden.
  5. Pont du Gard. A three-level aquaduct spanning the Gardon River, the Pont du Gard is a marvel of ancient engineering standing 49 meters tall.

 

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