Cities of France: him

Located on the border between Provence and Langadok ancient city of Nimes (Nimes) was founded in Dorim times. In 121 to n. NS. The Romans conquered the capital of the Gallic tribe of Wolkov-Arekovikov and founded a new city of Nemusus, who quickly became one of the largest shopping centers of the region. And nowadays, he remains the largest assembly of ancient facilities in France.


Business card of the city – Amphitheater Lez-Ass (I B. N. NS.), considered one of the best of all the preserved Roman arenaments in the world. Interestingly, it was originally built for gladiatorial rhystalism and accompanying more than 20 thousand spectators, this building is still used for battles in the arena – it is considered the main European bull battle center outside of Spain.

Behind the Arena, for a beautiful small Marsh Square, equally well-known historical monument – Meson-Carre (I B. to N.NS.) – The most well-preserved Ancient Roman temple in France. Now in this complex, served as a model when creating Madeleine’s church in Paris, is located Branch of the National Museum With the exposition of ancient Roman art. And as if in contrast to the humble grace of the temple directly opposite, on the north side of the Meson Carre Square, there was an ultramodern complex Carre-d’Art Works of the British architect Norman Foster (Art Gallery and Excellent Museum of Contemporary Art). The antique period includes such well-known monuments of the city as Arch Augusta (16 g. to N. NS.), Temple Diana (II B. N. NS.) and ruins around towers man (I B. N. NS.).

Among the buildings of a view of a later time, a wonderful mansion (XII-XIII centuries.) on Rue de la Madeleine, Palace of bishop, in which is now hosted Museum of Old Nima (open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00; Free admission), Cathedral Notre Dame-E-Saint Castor (XVI B., actually the only medieval building in the city, since most of them were destroyed in the period of the Troubles that followed "Sky Day of St. Michael", 1567.), impressive Great Temple (XVII-XVIII centuries.), complex Jesuit monastery (XVII B.) in which is now posted Museum of Archeology and Museum of Natural History (both are open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00; entrance ticket – 4.9 euros) and Museum of Fine Arts (open from Thursday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00; Entrance – 4.9 euros) with his huge Gallo Roman mosaic depicting the wedding of admet.

Also deserves attention located north-west of the city center Jardin de la Fonten – First Public Garden of France, created in 1750. It is here, behind the fountains, groves, grotts and temple Diana, there is a 32-meter tower of Mag (open from July to August – daily from 9.00 to 19.00; From September to June – Daily from 10.00 to 17.00; Entrance – 2.7 euros) – all that remained from the city walls of the August era.

Tourist subscription

When visiting the historical monuments of the old part of the city, it is convenient to use the Billet Global subscription (you can purchase the city’s tourist office for 9.5 euros – when visiting only Roman ruins, 9 euros for museums), which gives the right to enter all four ancient sites and in the above-mentioned Museums (including Museum of Contemporary Art).

Around the city

Approximately 20 km north-east of Nima P-du-gar (Pont du Gard) – the largest (50 km!) Fragment of the Roman aqueduct I century I era on the territory of France. For his time, it was a real engineering masterpiece, built with a drop of heights of 17 meters and passing through the hills and valleys, through the tunnel and even on the vertices of the walls. Today, this amazing structure is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, so it has recently been a thorough reconstruction and turned into a kind of multimedia exhibition complex with his museum (open daily, from May to September – from 9.30 to 19.00, from October to April – from 9.30 to 17.00; Entrance – 6 euros), botanical gardens (open from April to mid-October daily, from 9.30 to 18.00; Entry – 4 euros) and scientific and educational children’s sites.

Cities of France Nim

17 km north of Nima, near the start of the Akduk, is the beautiful old town Yuez (UZES), crowning hill peak over the Alzon River (Alzon). Halfwiths of medieval towers of the le-dus castle, including similar to the falling tower in Pisa Tour-Fenstrel, towering over the tiled roofs, is the first thing that rushes into the eyes when visiting the city. Almost three centuries, he was a favorite place of residence of reworked on the textile of Bourgeois Neima, so abounds with rich mansions and small beautiful squares. Just west, on the river Vidarl, you can find another ancient Roman bridge, from which still has a clearly visible Roman paved road.

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Him (N&# 238; mes)

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