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Occitanie Nimes and the Roman Amphitheater

The Nîmes Amphitheater also called the Arena of Nîmes (Arènes de Nîmes) was built in the first century AD. The Nîmes Amphitheater, along with the Arles Amphitheater and the Rome Coliseum, are the best preserved buildings of Ancient Rome.

The Nimes Amphitheater is 133m long, 101m wide and 21m high with two walls of 60 arches. There were 24 rows of seats with a capacity of 23,000. In medieval times a village was built inside the remains of the amphitheater. In the 19th century the buildings were destroyed and the amphitheater rebuilt to become a bullring. Nîmes was the Roman city Nemausus on the Via Domitia.

Location: France - Occitanie - Gard - Nîmes
Note that this area was previously in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. The regions were renamed in 2014.

Website: Nîmes Roman Amphitheater

You can visit the Nîmes Amphitheater. It is used for bullfights and other events. If you arrive by train, the Amphitheater is a few blocks walk. It sits on the edge of the medieval center. An Archeological Museum is across from the Amphitheater.

Other Roman Sites in Nimes

The main Roman sites in Nîmes:

Maison Carrée - 5 AD Roman temple, one of the best preserved in the world. Unfortunately the only thing you can visit inside is their tourist room where they show a movie about the history of Nîmes. Best seen from the outside.

Castellum - The distribution basin for the Roman aqueduct that ran from Uzes to Nimes, crossing the Pont du Gard. This was the end of the aqueduct, where water was distributed to the city.

Jardins de la Fontaine - 18th century gardens built on the remains of the Roman city.

La Tour Magne - Remains of a 112 meter tower in the Roman city walls, in the Jardins de la Fontaine. You can climb to the top for views of the city. In the town center, two Roman gates remain from the city walls (Gate of Augustus and Gate of France).

Temple of Diane - Remains of a Roman temple in the Jardins de la Fontaine.

Museum of Beaux Arts

Other Sites in Nîmes

Carré d'art
- Modern art museum across from the Maison Carrée.

The Pentecost Feria is one of the largest festivals in Europe and features bull fighting in the Amphitheater.


Google Map

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More Photos

Photos from our trip in March 2013. We spent a week in an apartment in Nimes.


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