This Roman Temple has been known as the MAISON CARREE, since the sixteenth century. In old French, any rectangle with four corners was referred to as a "carree'". The only completely preserved Roman temple, the Maison Carree has harmonious proportions, elegant slender columns with Corinthean capitals and architectural decoration of great finesse.
In a raised position on a high base, it dominated the forum of the Roman town. This large square, forming the centre of public life, was enclosed by a portico, traces of which remain in the form of a few bases of columns visible at the site.
Inside is an exhibition on the history of the Temple.
The AMPHITHEATRE in Nimes is one of the best preserved in the whole of the Roman world and shows the installations that architects at the end of the 1st century AD designed for this type of structure, which was intended for the presentation of animal or gladiator combats.
There was seating room for over 23,000 spectators on the 34 terraces of the cavea. Different social ranks sat in different areas. The public could reach their seats through 5 galleries at different levels and by way of numerous staircases.
Built at the end of the first century AD, the amphitheatre LES ARENES in Nimes is among the largest in Roman Gaul. It is approximately l33m long and 21m high, has two levels, each with 60 arches.
It is the best preserved Roman amphitheatre in the world today. The know-how of modern architects and mastery of heating systems is now added to the skill of the Roman builders. It is still in use today for concerts and other venues.
Favorite thing: Visit the MAISON CARREE' (Square House), a roman temple whose beauty and state of conservation are unique in the world. This temple was dedicated to Caius and Lucius Caesar, the grandson and adopted son of the emperor Augustus.
Constructed between 1838 and 1849, EGLISE SAINT-PAUL is a beautiful church in the heart of Nimes. Saint-Paul Church is located at Gard (30) in Nimes which is in the province of Languedoc-Roussillon.
Update: Thanks to Jean-Louis ( JLBG ), I was finally able to put a name to this beautiful church. Thank you so much.
We loved that it was so easy to walk about the small lanes full of shops/ cafes. You can see the three main sites in about 2/3 hours then enjoy the french way of life. The shopping centre was great with local markets attached. The gardens are worthy of a visit, take a picnic its great and cheap. The amphitheatre is a must see as is the maison caree, see the contrast with the stanstead airport building accross the square.
Fondest memory: Friendly people and the lack of tourism. People were genuinly suprised to hear an English accent. The streets are clean and safe. the streets are paved with gold!, look for the citys emblem which is everywhere.
Favorite thing: If you intend to visit not only NImes but also Orange and Les Baux en Provence or at least two out of these 3 places you can buy at the principal sights of any of these places a ticket which covers not only the main attractions in the city you are actually visiting but also the principal attractions of the both others - or one of the other two cities, depending of the type of ticket you are buying. You can save a lot!
Nimes is a little gem. It's small, lively, and incredibly picturesque. In the center of town is Les Arenes - a first-century Roman arena that still stands and actually serves as a venue for concerts and events. (Dido was playing when I was there!) The people are incredibly friendly and it's easy to get from Nimes to many other quaint towns and cities in the south of France.
Fondest memory: In the summertime, every Thursday night is "Jeudi a Nimes" in which the town comes alive with street performances, local merchants, and live music. I looked forward to this and missed it when I went home.
I am sure the name itself makes you dreaming...
Les Baux is one of the cutest place around Nimes. People has been living here for centuries.
In the Middle Age it was a very strategic place to warn and to get protected if the ennemy was attacking. Actually, you can see on the pictures that the view is very large.
When it is very sunny you can see the land till Aigues Mortes, another very beautiful place of Provence, or more exactly of Camargue... I think I have to make a special page for it, do not miss Aigues Mortes if you are around.
More info about Provence and Camargue on ProvenceWeb.fr
I spent nearly 3 months in Nimes and had the best time of my life. The people are friendly and helpful. The scenery in Nimes from les Arenes to la Maison Carree to les Jardins are absolutely breathe taking. Not only is the scenery fabulous it is also nice place to rest for a few days before you hit some of the larger tourist areas. It would be a good stay to hit Avignon and Arles and stay in Nimes at night. You will not run out of things to see and do.
Fondest memory: Nimes holds a special place in my heart because of the wonderful people I encountered. I would spend endless days at the Napoleon, a local cafe/bar. People of all ages gather here to interact and enjoy each other. The wonderful people at Napoleon taught me everything from, how to properly pronouce 'kir' to the ins and outs of what is improper French (atleast to the older generations). Just the thought of Nimes and its inhabitants brings back fond memories of Pastis and Sangria.
visit les Arènes, but not necessarily when there is a bull fight!
The Maison Carrée is worth a visit, too.
Not far from Nîmes, you must visit the Pont du Gard. Don't rush the visit, the whole scenery around the place is fabulaous.
Not far from Nîmes, visit the Pont Flavien. Little known, but well worth a stop.
Favorite thing: The bridge is over 2000 years old and the stone shows the age. Please treat the bridge with respect and don''t pick at it for a souvenir! It is terrible to take a piece of history from its native environment.
Favorite thing: This is a picture of the SQUARE DE NOVEMBRE 11TH. The fountain portrays the river gods supplying water to the people. In the background is the Sainte Perpetue Church.
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The symbol of the city - a crocodile and palm tree appear in various places around the place look out for them.
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