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    Maison Carree

    by Dabs Updated Mar 13, 2013

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    I don't know that this is a must see attraction but it was included on our pass and it was a nice break from the heat. The interior of the building holds a small theater where you watch a 3D movie about the heroes of Nimes.

    The building itself is of interest though, it is an extremely well preserved Roman temple built in the 1st century AD

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    Arenee

    by Dabs Written Jun 3, 2012

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    The Arenee is the must see attraction in Nimes, check the website to make sure it is open during your visit as it is closed quite a few days during the year for special events like the Feria. The visit is done by audioguide and the commentary is very well done, especially the special sections on gladiators. I was surprised to learn that, contrary to Hollywood movies, that there isn't always a fight to the death, the gladiators are highly trained and an investment to their owner so 90% of the time both combatants survived to fight another day.

    Like the other arenas and theaters that we visited, the arena here was constructed so that the classes never mixed, there were several different seating areas including one for slaves, prostitutes and foreigners.

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    le pont du gard . A world heritage site

    by didier06 Written Mar 27, 2012

    A masterpiece of the antique architecture.This Roman aqueduct bridge crosses the gard river, it's a part of a long aqueduct (50kms) that runs between Uzes and Nimes, built on 3 levels, the pont is 274 meters long.
    Added in 1985 on the unesco's list of world heritage site, the aera around the site is pedestrian and today it's one of France top tourist attractions.

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    Amphitheatre

    by antistar Updated Mar 26, 2012

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    Dramatically located, bang in the centre of this busy city, the incredibly well preserved Roman amphitheatre is literally unmissable. The building is still functioning as an actual venue, and holds regular concerts, but even without a performance, the views from the top are breathtaking and well worth the entrance fee. Be careful, however, if you decide to be brave, or foolish, and walk around the outer rim of the amphitheatre, as there is nothing to stop you from falling off and down into the street below!

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    Wine Tasting

    by Blizzle Written Mar 15, 2012

    South of Nimes, around 25 minutes, is Saint Hilaire D'ozilhan and the Garance wineries. http://www.rougegarance.com/

    Also, in Bourdic is the Chambrier Fils. http://www.chabrier.fr/ElementsSousRubrique.aspx?SITE=CHABRI1&RUB=180

    Both offer delicious wines of many varieties. Both wineries also speak English, not the best, but English none the less.

    I also recommended seeing the Gardon gorges, which is easily accessible when driving back to Nimes from Bourdic.

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    The Tour Magne Is At The Highest Point in Nimes

    by hquittner Written Apr 27, 2011

    Adjacent to the Jardin de la Fontaine, to the north, is a hill which is topped with a Roman Tower, the Tour Magne, of 16 BC, older than the ramparts. From the top of the hill is a broad view around Nimes.

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    See the Temple of Diana

    by hquittner Written Apr 25, 2011

    Immediately to the left of the Jardin de la Fontaine area, are the remains of the Temple of Diana which was thought to have been a library. It has two corridors and a nave and today is open to the sky.

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    Visit the Jardin de la Fontaine

    by hquittner Updated Apr 25, 2011

    A fine set of gardens is set in the southwest part of the center of Nimes. These gardens are in the area where a spring still comes up but is no longer the water source of ancient Nimes. In the 18C the chief engineer of Louis XV, one Jacque Mareschal, created this oasis of gardens and water.

    Approaching the Jardin Inside the Jardin Closer View
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    Go Through Les Arenes

    by hquittner Written Apr 23, 2011

    The Arenes required little to restore it to modern use in the early 19C. With a modern covering, much of it can be used all-year for concerts and other performances. For corridas during festivals it seats about 24,000. After the Roman period it survived first as a fortress and then as a slum with 220 houses until it was cleaned out after the Revolution. It is a smooth mass of stone. Recently they have added items to its interior that enhance its history.

    Outside the Arenes Close Up of the Upper Floor Under the Amphitheater Stands Down A Dead End Nemeno II (1989)
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    Look At the Outside Details of the Maison Carree

    by hquittner Written Apr 21, 2011

    There are fine details beneath the roof of the Maison Carree to study. Look at the Corinthian capitals and the fine frieze that surrounds the roof. Under the eaves are a set of lion heads. The under surface of the roof is detailed with several different patterns of leaves and petals. Insode the cella are staues and other art objects.

    Corinthian Capital The Surrounding Frieze Beneath the Ceiling A Line of Lion Heads Statue in Cella
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    The Maison Carree

    by hquittner Updated Apr 21, 2011

    The Maison Carree was probably built by Agrippa to honor his sons in the 1C BC and it has been in continuous use ever since. The name was given to it in the 16C. In the 18C it was copied for use by Thomas Jefferson in the construction of the Virginia State Capitol. It has an intact cella which has been used as a museum since 1916. It has 30 fluted columns with Corinthian capitals and stands on top of a stylobate and a flight of stairs.

    Front View View of Cella Entry Tympanum Front and Lateral View Statue In Interior Of Cella
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    Standing on Pont du Gard

    by Toshioohsako Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You walk up the first level of Pont du Gard (the second level is closed for public), you will see the beautiful Gardon River,
    the peaceful and nature pastoral landscape. Some people are canoeing on Gardon River.

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    A mini Stansted airport

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Museum of contemporary art stands opposite the Maison Caree (ancient roman temple) on one of the squares.

    Theres alot of architectural nonsense talked about "Creating spatial unity between the two structures", and being inspired by the Pompideau centre - but when you really look at it you realise he's just knocked off a scaled down copy of Stansted airport (also his design) and plonked it in the square.

    It seems the french have a certain fondness for placing the very cutting edge against the traditional - e.g I.M. Pei's pyramids at the Lourve, but it does seem to work.

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    What have the Roman ever done for us ?

    by sourbugger Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    "The Aqueduct ? Oh yes Reg, remember what the city used to be like."

    I was put in mind of these lines from the film "The Life of Brian" by viewing this stunning example of Roman architecture at the Pont du Gard.

    The following summary is from the Unesco world hertitage site website :

    The Pont du Gard was built shortly before the Christian era to allow the aqueduct of Nîmes (which is almost 50 km long) to cross the Gard river. The Roman architects and hydraulic engineers who designed this bridge, which stands almost 50 m high and is on three levels – the longest measuring 275 m – created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.

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    When you first look at it, it reminded me of the great railway viaducts built by the Victorians in England. In may ways the Victorians were the new Romans - buliding things with great vision and on a grand scale, yet unlike other great building endeavours, they built them for purely utilitiarian purposes. Other great feats of engineering between the Romans and the Victorians were mainly inspired by religion - such as the vast cathedrals built across Europe.

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    Watch a concert

    by Elainehead Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Les Arènes de Nîmes are the the world's best-preserved amphitheatre. I was pretty stunned once I walked into this place. It's sooooo ancient!!!! And for a moment, I forgot bullfights are held here as well.

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