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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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  • Great monument in very very good condition! (what compete with the famous Colosseum in Rome!). Audio guides provide much information about the arenas, Gladiators and games, ideal for history lovers. Personally we did not listen (description of each type of gladiators...) From the top of the magnificent arena view of Nîmes and its surroundings. Not to be missed. Watch a lot of stairs to climb.
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  • It was very impressive to see these so well preserved arenas. The information provided is of quality. The entrance is a bit expensive and well worth the money to take the pass € 12 valid 3 days to 3 places which are the arenas, square House and the Tower move.
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  • The arenas of Nîmes are a major monument to visit. Take the pass € 12, to visit the arenas, the square House, the Magne Tower, you will largely win. The arenas were able to keep their splendour, but deserve a major restoration. The visit with audio guide is interesting, but the stories are a bit long.
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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.