The Roman splendor in Nimes

Posted on April 25, 2011

The epic glory of the Roman Empire has, in this French city, one of your best testimonials. A specially designed well-preserved amphitheater and games enable a unique experience.


The vagaries of history but especially the enigmas of architectural conservation have enabled the strongest legacy of the Roman Empire is not in the vicinity of Rome. Even in Italy.
You have to travel to the French town of Nimes (390 and 286 kilometers from Barcelona to Nice ) to appreciate the architectural marvels that left those days of splendor. Most spectacular is undoubtedly its amphitheater. With capacity for about 16,000 spectators, this work has almost two thousand years old and in her and the typical Roman games were held during the terms of Claudius and Caligula.


Equipped with 34 steps and surrounded by two levels separated by 61 arches galleries, navigate the amphitheater is a highly recommended for all those fascinated by the Roman culture experience. Incidentally, it is also ideal for assessing the nuances of architectural opulence resulting in the Corinthian order and the use of more sophisticated marble site.

Relive the era

Maintaining a tradition that attracts more and more tourists from around the world, organizes Nimes late April "The Great Roman Games." On occasion, hundreds of people take life as typical gladiatorial competitions, military parades and equestrian games of all kinds.
From this year, travelers can also rent your typical Roman period costume, designed according to very precise archaeological and historiographical criteria.


Those traveling to Nimes, picturesque city of 140 thousand inhabitants, should also know that the city has an excellent tourist infrastructure. There are alternatives boutique in the historical district and also of good standard hotels near Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Written by Andrés Bacigalupo
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