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  • 1. Arènes

    Ruins

    The best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world is a miniature of the Colosseum in Rome (note the small carvings of Romulus and Remus, the...Read More

  • 2. Carrée d'Art

    Museum/Gallery

    The glass-fronted Carrée d'Art (directly opposite the Maison Carrée) was designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster as its neighbor's stark...Read More

  • 3. Cathédrale Notre-Dame et St-Castor

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Destroyed and rebuilt in several stages, Nîmes Cathedral was damaged by Protestants during the 16th-century Wars of Religion but still shows...Read More

  • 4. Jardins de la Fontaine

    Garden

    The Jardins de la Fontaine, an elaborate formal garden, was landscaped on the site of the Roman baths in the 18th century, when the Source de...Read More

  • 5. Maison Carrée

    Museum/Gallery

    Lovely and forlorn in the middle of a busy downtown square, this exquisitely preserved temple strikes a timeless balance between symmetry and...Read More

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  • 6. Musée Archéologique et d'Histoire Naturelle

    Museum/Gallery

    This old Jesuit college houses a wonderful collection of local archaeological finds, including sarcophagi, beautiful pieces of Roman glass,...Read More

  • 7. Musée des Beaux-Arts

    Museum/Gallery

    The centerpiece of this early 20th-century building, stunningly refurbished by architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, is a vast ancient mosaic depicting...Read More

  • 8. Musée du Vieux Nîmes

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in the 17th-century bishop's palace opposite the cathedral, this museum shows off garments embroidered in the exotic and vibrant style...Read More

  • 9. Temple de Diane

    Ruins

    This shattered Roman ruin dates to the 2nd century BC. The temple's function is unknown, though it's thought to have been part of a larger Roman...Read More

  • 10. Tour Magne

    Ruins

    At the far end of the Jardins de la Fontaine, you'll find the remains of a tower the emperor Augustus had built on Gallic foundations; it was...Read More

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