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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, and it's still an impressive venu…
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’…
Factory in Nîmes

Perrier Plant

World-famous fizzy water Perrier has its source in natural springs 13km southwest of Nîmes. The main plant supplies around 900 million bottles every year; you can visit the factory and watch a 3D film that explains …
Gallery in Nîmes

Carré d’Art

The striking, glass-and-steel Carré d’Art was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster. Inside is the municipal library and the Musée d’Art Contemporain, with permanent and temporary exhibitions covering art …
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 des Cultures Taurines

Learn about the origins of bullfighting at Nîmes' bullfighting museum, footsteps from Les Arènes. Over 8000 pieces make up the collection, including costumes, fans, photos, figurines and trophy (ie bull) heads.
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 Nîmes’ 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 inclu…
Church in Nîmes

Église St-Baudille

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