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The city is a major center of education and culture. It is loved for its unique atmosphere of comfort and hospitality, as well as non-negotiable "Roman" color. The first things you'll see at the entrance to the city are the statues of Roman emperors, which remind us of the birth of the city and its first colonists from Rome.
Nimes is a perfect destination for active leisure offering its guests various kinds of exciting time spending. One of the main entertainments among city guests is hiking though numerous … Open
No other city of France can be proud of such rich ancient times heritage. The central part of the city is the location of a huge arena that was built 2000 years ago. Even these days the arena is used to conduct theater performances, concerts and other cultural events. The amphitheater has become the signature place of Nimes. It does look very unusual and looks more like the famous Coliseum than an ancient monument of one of French cities.
Start the observation of the city's attractions from the Garden of Fountains. Many years ago a spring with fresh water has been found in this area. The spring has become the main source of water for the city. Nowadays a gorgeous garden was planted near the spring. In this garden you can see fountains of most unusual shapes and designs. There is an important architectural place of interest near the garden - the Temple of Diana. In the Middle Ages the temple was converted into a church, but this place was damaged severely during the time of war. On one of the hills of the city you will find a majestic Tower of Man, on the top of which is opened a lovely observation area. According to one version, the tower was built by Emperor Augustus and was used as a defensive facility. After visiting all historic sites of Nimes, go for a walk along the main street of the city. Here you will find many interesting shops and restaurants. This street is pedestrians only, so nothing will disturb you during your walk. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The main gastronomy feature of the city of Nimes is plenty of restaurants of ethnic cuisine. Even though all of the eating houses are specializing in one culinary trend, each of the … Open
In Nîmes, you can find a beautiful cathedral consecrated back in the 11th century. The cathedral was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt over the centuries, so today its appearance represents a combination of different architectural styles. One of the cathedral's main decorations is unique stone bas-reliefs depicting important old Testament scenes. The cathedral is the official residence of the archbishop since 1877.
Nimes One of the most visited cultural facilities in the city is the Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1821. A magnificent building, in which the museum is currently housed, was built to present its exposition in 1907. Today, the main exhibits of the museum are its unique mosaic paintings. Here you can also admire works by some famous French artists.
Nimes is an ancient city with rich history and plenty of inimitable landmarks and sights. The formation of its culture was greatly affected by the Gall tribes and later on during the period … Open
No less interesting site is a cultural center, known as "Square of the Arts" (Carré d'Art). It is housed in a beautiful modern building of regular rectangular shape, the facade of which is completely lined with mirrored tiles. Given the fact that in the immediate vicinity of this building there are unique antique attractions, it looks more than impressive. Today the museum's collection consists of several hundred paintings, among which there are works by famous artists from various Mediterranean countries. Also, the cultural center is used as a venue for temporary exhibitions, and on its roof, there is a terrace café offering a great view of local attractions.
Nimes In the vicinity of Nîmes is a unique antique attraction that is currently protected by UNESCO - a fragment of the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman aqueduct. It is remarkable for its scale: the bridge's fragment is 50 kilometers long, it is the largest construction of its kind in France. Given that the aqueduct was built in the 1st century BC, we can only guess at how grandiose the architectural creation was for its time. A few years ago, an interesting interactive museum was opened next to the ancient landmark, a visit to which makes the excursion even more fascinating. In recent years, much effort and money have been invested in the reconstruction of the historic bridge.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Nimes
♥   Castle 'Château de Saint-Chaptes' Gard, 11.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Uzès' Gard, 20.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Beaucaire' Gard, 23.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Tarascon' Bouches-du-Rhône, 24.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Château de Baux' Bouches-du-Rhône, 37.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Nimes
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Alpilles' , 38.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Camargue' , 41.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Luberon' , 73.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Monts d’Ardèche' , 89.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Regional Nature Park 'Baronnies provençales' , 97.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Nimes and around
♥   Art museum 'Musée des Beaux-Arts' Nîmes, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Musée de l Arles et de la Provence antiques' Arles, 27.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Nimes from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Amphitheatre in Orange

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
One of the main features of the ancient theater is its unique acoustics, which was appreciated by artists in the second half of the 19th century. The first theatrical performances here began to be held in 1869, since then the amphitheater is a permanent venue for the most important city holidays and cultural events. The theater in Orange has one more secret. It is the only arena in the world that managed to preserve the original scene, it has not been touched by numerous reconstructions. … Read further

Amphitheater in Arles

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
By 1825, they were all resettled, and already in 1830 the first theatrical performance took place in the amphitheater. During numerous reconstructions, architects managed to preserve the former grandeur of the ancient monument. The length of its ellipsoidal arena is 136 meters, and its width is 107 meters. The building has also preserved its incredible acoustic features. Performances taking place in the ancient theatre will impress even the most experienced travellers. … Read further
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