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Arenes de Nimes, Nimes
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The Roman amphitheater Arenes de Nimes, constructed around 70 CE as a theater, later hosted bullfights and other public events. Thirty-four rows of seats, accommodating up to 16,300 visitors, ring this vaulted building's elliptical central space. The amphitheater was converted into a fortified town and refuge for denizens during the invasions and wars of the second millennium. Today, the amphitheater has been restored to its original purpose--now with a removable cover and heating system--and hosts musical acts from around the world. Use our Nimes holiday planner to arrange your visit to Arenes de Nimes and other attractions in Nimes.
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  • History and emotions intermingle in this great forum to look at from the outside as well as inside. Very nice restorations in progress.
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  • Beautiful arenas which back us in history Nimes... And in the culture and traditions of this rich city of the past
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  • We came back from Perpignan to return to Lyon: getaway on Nîmes. A visit to the Bullring was a must... Interesting visit with audio guide..., but afterwards the entrance appeared to us dear: €10 / person (the audio guide is included in the price). A little disappointed once inside, but it is a must see.
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  • Totally underrated landmark! It is well worth the trip. When walking in the arena, they provide you with an audio guide which describes what happened there historically. It's impressive. You also get to climb to the top of the arena which boasts amazing views (if you don't have vertigo)
  • One of the best preserved Roman ruins I've seen. Built in 1st century and with an interesting history. The city is working on it to postulate it as a protected UNESCO patrimony.
  • A superbly preserved example of a Roman amphitheatre. The audio guide tour is pretty detailed with information from pre-Roman to modern times. A must visit if in the area.
  • My friends and I visited this place during our summer vacation. We had such an amazing time there. The city view from the arena is breath-taking. I love it!
  • I loved exploring this place. I had been to the coliseum in Rome, and liked how well this was preserve. The audio was great, but I think a little map could have helped.