The Beginnings—sixth century BC

The founding of Nîmes goes back to the sixth century BC. The Volcae Arecomici, a Celtic tribe, settled around a generous spring and built a sanctuary in its honour...

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The Beginnings - sixth century BC

The founding of Nîmes goes back to the sixth century BC.

The Volcae Arecomici, a Celtic tribe, settled around a generous spring and built a sanctuary in its honour.

Primitive shelter was gradually replaced by drystone buildings including the Tour Magne, a tall tower built on a hill and that later became part of the Roman ramparts. In 120 BC, the Volcae, who had a vast territory with 24 oppida, accepted the Roman legions without resistance.

The Gallo-Roman town of Nemausa was about to come into existence.