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  • 1 Nîmes Amphitheatre Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    bd des Arènes F - 30000 Nîmes

    The Roman amphitheatre at Nimes is the best preserved anywhere. Dating from the late 1C and early 2C, it measures 133m by 101m and could accommodate 24 000 people. Its exterior presents an attic storey above two levels of 60 arcades each (21m). The V..

  • 2 Maison Carrée Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    pl. de la Maison-Carrée F - 30000 Nîmes

    This is as pure and well-preserved a Roman temple as may be found anywhere. Erected in the reign of Augustus, it was dedicated to the "princes of youth", the emperor's grandsons. It exudes a fragile charm, due to the harmony of its proporti..

  • 3 Jardins de la Fontaine Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    av. Jean-Jaurès F - 30000 Nîmes

    Designed in the 18C by military engineer JP Mareschal, this garden is at the foot and on the slopes of Mont Cavalier, atop which stands the Magne Tower. It was laid out in accordance with the classical layout around the Nemausus spring, spreading for..

  • 4 Tour Magne Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    chemin Guillaume-Laforêt F - 30000 Nîmes

    Prior to the Roman occupation, this polygonal tower, which stands 34 metres high, was part of the 16km-long city wall built by the Romans. At its summit, there is a lovely view of the tiled roofs of the town and, in the background, the Ventoux and th..

  • 5 Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes Interesting

    Museums and art

    r. Cité-Foulc F - 30000 Nîmes

    This Fine Arts Museum contains works from the 15th to 19C. Its many rooms contain the Portrait of a Monk by Rubens, a ceramic medal ( La Madone Foulc) by Andrea della Robia, a theatrical composition by Paul Delaroche ( Cromwell devant le cercueil de ..

  • 6 Carré d'Art Interesting

    Museums and art

    16 pl. de la Maison-Carrée F - 30000 Nîmes

    Replacing the colonnade of the old theatre, this facility houses a rich multimedia resource (in the basement) and a museum of contemporary art devoted to art from 1960 to the present day grouped into three sections: French art, Mediterranean art (Spa..

  • 7 Archaeological Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    13bis bd de l'Amiral-Courbet F - 30000 Nîmes

    The inexhaustible soil of Nimes... where each shovelful reveals a mosaic and antique buildings. They are gathered here in this archaeological museum in the former Jesuit college. Major lapidary collection, objects from everydaily life, startling ston..

  • 8 Porte d'Auguste

    Archaeological and historical sites

    rte e d'Auguste F - 30000 Nîmes

    Originally flanked by two towers, this gate has two wide passages for chariots and two narrower ones for pedestrians. The bronze copy of a statue of Augustus gave the gate its name. On the ground, note the line marking the contours of the former cast..

  • 9 Chapelle des Jésuites

    Religious buildings

    Grand'Rue F - 30000 Nîmes

    The architect of this Jesuit chapel seems to have wanted to copy the Roman monuments in the town. Today, it is a temporary exhibition and concert venue.

  • 10 Hôtel de Régis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    14 r. du Chapitre F - 30000 Nîmes

    The building has a lovely 18C façade and imposing paved courtyard.

  • 11 Place d'Assas

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    pl. d'Assas F - 30000 Nîmes

    Olive and cypress trees, a fountain and statuary give this square an esoteric symbolism and were foremost in the mind of Martial Rayasse when he remodelled it. Cafés and restaurants stand along one side.

  • 12 Boulevard Victor-Hugo

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd Victor-Hugo F - 30000 Nîmes

    During the summer, the foliage of the hackberry trees creates an overarching tunnel effect. Lined on side by the Lycée Daudet school and Romano-Byzantine church of SaintPaul, and the other side by the terraces of large traditional cafés, this is the ..

  • 13 Castellum

    Archaeological and historical sites

    r. Pasteur F - 30000 Nîmes

    Water from the source of the River Eure, near Uzès, chanelled by the Roman aqueduct running across the famous Pont du Gard, ran into this Roman water tower before being distributed in the different quarters of the Gallo-Roman walled city.

  • 14 Musée du Vieux Nîmes

    Museums and art

    pl. aux Herbes F - 30000 Nîmes

    The Museum of Old Nimes contains objects from the textile industry (with some superb shawls), regional furniture, Protestantism and bullfighting (in the absence of the bullfighting museum). All Nimes activities presented as a series of thematic exhib..

  • 15 Natural History Museum

    Museums and art

    13bis bd de l'Amiral-Courbet F - 30000 Nîmes

    The faded charm of an old-fashioned museum, with some lovely stuffed animals in the windows and hosting remarkable temporary exhibitions.

  • 16 Maison natale d'Alphonse-Daudet

    Museums and art

    20 bd Gambetta F - 30000 Nîmes

    The father of Tartarin de Tarascon was in fact born in Nimes in this house with its column-lined façade.

  • 17 Esplanade

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    bd de la Libération F - 30000 Nîmes

    A vast square lined on one side by the columns of the Palais de Justice (law courts) and café terraces and opening onto the smart Avenue Feuchères towards the station. At its centre, the statue, erected in 1848, is the work of James Pradier. The mode..

  • 18 Rue de la Madeleine

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de la Madeleine F - 30000 Nîmes

    From boulevard Victor-Hugo to place aux Herbes, this pedestrian street is very busy. At n°13, Boulangerie Villaret has been making its famous crusty bread in the same oven for two centuries. At n°1, there is a finely sculpted façade on the " Rom..

  • 19 Cathedral of Notre Dame and St Castor

    Religious buildings

    pl. aux Herbes F - 30000 Nîmes

    Nimes cathedral was built in 1096 and suffered greatly during the Wars of Religion. It was almost entirely rebuilt in the 19C. The pleasant place aux Herbes where the cathedral stands is a good stopping-off point with its many café terraces.

  • 20 Rue de Bernis

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    r. de Bernis F - 30000 Nîmes

    At n°3, Hôtel de Bernis has a lovely 15C façade with mullioned windows. Nearby, the pretty Hôtel Meynier de Salinelles has early Christian sarcophagae embedded in the wall (8 rue de l'Aspic) and there is a remarkable twin spiral staircase in Hôtel Fo..

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