Squares and centres of life

Nîmes is punctuated with squares with marked character. They were formed by time and history, famous artists modelled them and visitors and the locals have adopted them enthusiastically.

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Squares and centres of life

Place aux Herbes

Place aux Herbes has been the heart of the city for centuries. Today, with its café terraces, it forms a hub where everybody goes by, and succeeds in being both lively and serene.

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Place de l'Horloge

With its tower rebuilt in the eighteenth century, Place de l'Horloge has set the time in the heart of the town for five hundred years.

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Place d'Assas

Here, two monumental heads face each other from each extremity of the place. They represent Nemausa, the spring forming the origin of Nîmes, and the god Nemausus, the male force of the city.

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Place du Marché

Sitting on one of the terraces of this attractive place, near the crocodile or in the shade of a palm tree, you'll think of Cleopatra.

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Square de la Couronne

It is said that the statue of the local man, Alphonse Daudet, was inaugurated by his family three years after his death It is reported that Guillaume Apollinaire, madly in love with Lou, spent the ten most passionate days of his life at the Hotel du Midi.

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The Esplanade and the Pradier fountain

Esplanade Charles de Gaulle is an urban garden of nearly one hectare in the city centre. The 'Pradier fountain', carved in white marble by James Pradier, Grand Prix de Rome, has been the centre-piece of the Esplanade since 1845.

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Place du Chapitre

Located right in the historic centre of Nîmes, where buildings from different periods rub shoulders, it is now laid out around a monumental 'staircase' fountain.

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Jardins de la Fontaine

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