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34 km from Arles

Altitude: 39 m
Population: 137 740

Nîmes lies on a plain south of the Cévennes Mountains. It has strong historical links with the textile industry – wool, cotton and silk have all successively contributed to the town’s wealth and development. Originally a village inhabited by Gauls, Nîmes was annexed by Rome in 121 BC. The Romans transformed the area, surrounded it with 6000 metres of walled fortifications along the Crête de sept petits mamelons. Then known as Nemausus (from the name of its major source of water), the town flourished as one of Rome’s commercial colonies.
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Nîmes is famous for its well preserved Roman monuments and its celebrations centred on bulls (Races, Encierro, Abrivado). As a result of centuries of rearing bulls – a practice borrowed from Spain and the nearby Camargue – the animals possess a legendary status in the area. The Féria de Pentecôte and the Féria des Vendanges have made Nîmes internationally famous, its reputation cemented by the bons viveurs who live in the town, eager to enjoy the sun while chatting outside the local cafés.
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The Roman amphitheatre

Built at the end of the first century, Nîmes’ amphitheatre has a shell structure that is typical of the Flavian era. Oval in shape, it is 133 metres long and 101 metres wide. The façade, which is 21 metres high, is made up of two levels, each consisting of sixty arches.
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The "Maison Carrée"

The Maison Carrée (‘Square House’) is a magnificent Roman temple, built under the rule of Augustus at the end of the first century BC. Erected on a wide esplanade, it sits at the centre of the town square. Its base, 2.65 metres high, supports thirty fluted columns, the design of which point to a strong Greek influence. The columns are reflected in the sculpted decorations surrounding the building, which forms a rectangle of six columns by eleven (26.42 metres by 13.54 metres).
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The Tour Magne

Located at the top of Mont Cavalier, this stands at the highest point in the town. 36 metres high in Roman times, it now is now only 32.5 metres high.
Visitors can climb the tower using the 140 internal steps.

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The Jardin de la fontaine,
(Site of the ancient spa)

Beneath the Tour Magne, at the bottom of the Mont Cavalier, these vast gardens are the extraordinary work of one of the king's engineers during the eighteenth century, Jean-Philippe Mareschal. The Jardins de la Fontaine remain a favourite local spot for strolls.
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What to see and visit: the Grand Temple (eighteenth century); Saint-Paul (nineteenth century); the cathedral (eleventh and sixteenth centuries); the Petit Temple (eighteenth century.); the Chapelle des Jésuites (seventeenth century); amphitheatre (first century BC); Hôtel de Ville (town hall dating from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries); town houses from the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; the Maison Carrée (5 AD); the Tour Magne (15/16 BC); the Temple de Diane (first or second century); remains of the town’s ramparts and ancient Roman gates; the Porte d'Arles (also known as the Porte d'Auguste) and Porte d'Espagne (also known as the Porte de France); the unique Castellum water system; Museum of Archaeology and Natural History, Museum of Old Nîmes, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Musée des Cultures Taurines.
Recommended activities: small tourist train (tour of the town), health trail, Vacquerolles Golf Course, Clos Gaillard and Bois des Espeisses nature trails.

Nos portails vous feront découvrir la Provence, l'Ardeche, vous aiderons à choisir un gite vaucluse ou trouver une location canoe ardeche ou de l'immobilier de prestige en Drome Provencale ou Haut Vaucluse.

Ardeche : découvrir un village ardeche, se balader dans les Cévennes, faire du Canoe ou louer un gite vallon pont d'arc ou balazuc pour des vacances reposantes loin des sites surpeuplés. Vous pouvvezs aussi organiser un concert chez l'habitant.


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