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Top Choice Roman Site in Nîmes

Les Arènes

Nîmes’ twin-tiered amphitheatre is the best preserved in France. Built around 100 BC, the arena once seated 24,000 spectators and staged gladiatorial contests and public executions; it's still an impressive venue fo…
Museum in Nîmes

Musée de la Romanité

Opened in mid-2018, this futuristic steel-and-glass structure faces Les Arènes right in the heart of the city. Within, the ambitious archaeological museum’s permanent exhibitions are devoted to regional archaeology,…
Park in Nîmes

Jardins de la Fontaine

Roman remains in these elegant gardens include the 30m-high Tour Magne, raised around 15 BC – the largest of a chain of towers conveying imperial power that once punctuated the city’s 7km-long Roman ramparts. At the…
Roman Site in Nîmes

Maison Carrée

Constructed in gleaming limestone around AD 5, this temple was built to honour Emperor Augustus’ two adopted sons. Despite the name, the Maison Carrée (Square House) is actually rectangular – to the Romans, ‘square’…
Gallery in Nîmes

Carré d’Art – Musée d'Art Contemporain

The striking glass-and-steel Carré d’Art was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. Inside is the Musée d’Art Contemporain, with permanent and temporary exhibitions covering art from the 1960s onwards. The…
Museum in Nîmes

Musée Perrier

World-famous fizzy water Perrier has its source in natural springs 13km southwest of Nîmes. You can watch a 3D film that explains Perrier’s history, the production process and the reason behind the bottle’s iconic s…
Gallery in Nîmes

Musée des Beaux-Arts

The city’s fine-arts museum has a fairly pedestrian collection of Flemish, Italian and French works, although it’s worth a look for the fine Roman mosaic, Marriage of Admetus, which can be viewed from the 1st floor.
Museum in Nîmes

Musée d’Histoire Naturelle

Nîmes' natural history museum has the usual displays of stuffed beasties, fossils and skeletons, as well as a few menhirs (standing stones) decorated by prehistoric artists. Don’t forget to say bonjour to Maurice th…
Museum in Nîmes

Musée du Vieux Nîmes

Inside the city's 17th-century episcopal palace, the town museum delves into the history of Nîmes from Roman times through to the modern era, with lots of period costumes and a display of denim-wearing celebrities i…
Church in Nîmes

Église St-Baudile

Topped by twin towers reaching 70m, Nîmes' largest church (accommodating up to 3000 worshippers) was built in neogothic style between 1867 and 1877.