The City of Nimes, France

Nimes is a very old and culturally significant city in France. It derives its name from a spring in the Roman village, which was named after Nemausus – a local Celtic god of the Volcrae Arecomici. The history of Nimes dates all the way back to 4,000 BC, where it was a Neolithic site of Serre Paradis. It went survived the Bronze age, the Gallo-Roman period, multiple invasions, and the French revolution. Today, it is a peaceful and historically beautiful city of ┬áculture and textile production, including the denim fabric used to make jeans.

While in Nimes, there are several important architectural sights that you’ll want to see:

  • The Roman Ampitheatre: Built in the 1st or 2nd century AD, this is one of the best preserved Roman arenas in France. It also contains medieval housing within its walls. Today, the ampitheatre is still used to host concerts and bull fighting.
  • The Maison Carree (Square House): This is a small Roman temple that was built in 19 BC, and is one of the best preserved Roman temples in the world. You can even view a short history film of Nimes inside the temple.
  • Pont du Gard – A well preserved aqueduct that at one point was used to carry water across the Gardon river valley.
  • Jardins de la Fontaine (Gardens of the Fountain): Gardens that surround some Roman ruins
  • Mont Cavalier: A ruined Roman tower
  • Carre d’Art: A museum conceived by Norman Foster that features modern art.
  • Kisho-Kurikawa: a building built in the shape of a hemicycle to reflect the ampitheatre.