Sites to visit

All the key heritage sites and places in Nîmes are grouped in the city centre. With its museums, monuments, gardens and private mansions, Nîmes is perfect for the visitor on foot.

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Sites to visit

Monuments

Starting in the first century BC, the emperor Augustus and then his successors bestowed Nîmes with sumptuous monuments. Nîmes was given the status of 'colony under Latin law' and became a spearhead for the promotion of romanity in Gaul.

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Museums

The tremendous cultural heritage of Nîmes—whether historical, taurine or artistic—has resulted in the creation of several exceptional museums. Don't hesitate to walk in and discover their secrets.

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The conservation area

The conservation area in Nîmes bounded by the four boulevards that enclose the historic centre was created and delimited in 1985. It covers 41 hectares and has a population of about 5000 people.

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Private mansions

The old centre of Nîmes is dotted with magnificent 16th, 17th and 18th century private mansions with charming courtyards, spectacular staircases and details borrowed from Roman architecture.

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Contemporary architecture

Like the Roman buildings and private mansions, contemporary architecture is part of everyday life in Nîmes. Works by international architects and artists are integrated in a successful, natural manner.

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Religious buildings

The Wars of Religion hit Nîmes hard. The religious buildings of the period bear the scars of the fighting between Protestants and Catholics.

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