He Nimes Arena It is a magnificent Roman amphitheater located in Nimes, in the department of Languedoc-Roussillon in southeastern France. With capacity for 16,000 spectators, it is together with that ofHarness, the main Roman amphitheaters of the country. Today is famous for the fair taurine which is celebrated during the month of May coinciding on the calendar with the week of Pentecost.
France. The Nimes Arena
The amphitheater is located in a large square, surrounded by bullfighting symbols, including a painted image of the bullfighter Jose Tomas on the facade of a building. From there, it is easy to reach the rest of the city's emblematic places on foot.
It was built at the beginning of the Roman Empire, when the emperorAugust I ruled it. Like so many other monuments, it was modified over the years and turned into a fortress, so that later a mini city was created within it, with market included. Today, it is mainly used to host all kinds of shows, which include bulls.
Curiously the day we arrived, under an inclement sunThey were preparing the oval enclosure to host a show of water, light and sound. And best of all, free. Too bad we had paid the entrance since at night we would have entered for free. This ticket allows you to enter the Arena, but you can also buy a combination that allows you to enter other temples of the city, such as the Maisson de Carreé and the Magne Tour.
The Maisson de Carreé It was built in 16 BC and subsequently rebuilt numerous times, so its current state is unbeatable. In fact it was used tirelessly until the 11th century and as a climax housed at the end of the 19th century the Museum of Fine Arts of Nimes.
On the other hand the Magne TourIt is an ancient fortification from the time of Emperor Augustus that offers magnificent views of the city. It is a little withdrawn, but if you see yourself with strength it is 20 minutes from the Maisson de Carreé, all uphill.
Practical data of the Arena de Nimes
When to go to the Nimes arena?
Except for the months of May and September, the rest of the months are good to visit. These two months usually host bullfighting fairs that can prevent seeing the Arena.
How to get to the Nimes arena?
Nimes it is 60km from Montpellier, easily connected by a toll road or a good national road. It can be a good starting point for numerous excursions to the Pont du Gard,Aigues Mortes or Avignon.
Once in Nimes, the ideal is to leave the car in the parking from Arena de Nimes.
Where to sleep in Nimes?
The hotel offer of Nimes is very extensive. We by price choose the apartments Appart'City, comfortable, cheap and with own parking.
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