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(44 minutes from Salon de Provence) 


Both medieval and contemporary, Nîmes has several monuments that cannot be ignored. Thanks to the development of its heritage (historical, cultural and architectural), Nîmes has received the label of Ville d'Art et d'Histoire. 

les arènes de Nîmes

The arenas of Nîmes 

One of the best-preserved amphitheatres in the world 

In the great cities of the Roman Empire, the arenas or the amphitheatre were the venue for 

great shows. 


A symbol of a city's fame, the amphitheatre attracted large crowds. The one in 

Nîmes', along with that of Arles and the Colliseum in Rome, is among the best preserved in the ancient world. 

After having served as a setting for Roman games, these places now host bullfights 

during the féria. 


The bullring is open to the public and an audio-guided tour allows visitors to discover 

the architecture of the site and its history. A multimedia space is dedicated to gladiators and bullfighting , and puzzle games are available for children. 

At the end of April, the Great Roman Games are organised, a great historical re-enactment. 


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La maison carré

The Square House 

Although it is rectangular in shape, the Maison Carrée has borne this name since the 16th century. At that time a rectangle was referred to as a long square. This is why this 2000 year old Roman temple is still referred to in this way. 


The only completely preserved temple in the ancient world, the Maison Carrée is 26 metres long, 15 metres wide and 17 metres high. The ceiling of the pronaos dates from the beginning of the 19th century; the present door was made in 1824. 


Further information...

The Pont du Gard 

The Margne Tower 

The Roman Enclosure 

The Fountain Gardens 

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