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La Maison Carree, Nimes

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La Maison Carree blends past and present with one of the best-preserved ancient Roman temples in the world, as well as a 3-D film about the heroes of Nîmes. This temple once dominated the forum of Nîmes, thanks to a deep Hexastyle portico with six Corinthian columns at either end of the pediment. Admire the frieze's ornamental relief carvings of rosettes and acanthus leaves beneath rows of delicate dentils. The interior shrine is typically small and windowless. Arrange to visit La Maison Carree and other attractions in Nimes using our Nimes trip generator.
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  • The activity was included with our Orange amphitheatre ticket. It consists of an exquisite old Temple, well restored, and magnificent in the outside. The house is located in the former Roman Forum. I ...  more »
  • Do not expect a guided tour. .. It'll have do you d a film retracing the life d a Roman family. .. Hey why not?
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  • Wow, what an amazing place. My head spins thinking of all this building has seen happen around it in that past 2000 years! Beautifully preserved and lovely to see on a Thursday night with contemporary...  more »
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  • This is a roman Temple, the most complete that exists. It is beautiful and the history after the roman period is very coulorful. Today they show a short movie of 1/2 hour which show in dramatized form the incorporation of Nimes and its people in the roman empire.
  • The building itself is beautiful. There is a small theatre that plays a reenactment of highlights from the city's Roman period. The film is a little violent, take care with small children
  • The actual building is fantastically kept. The movie inside is interesting, not too cheesy, and a escape from the sun. The surrounding shops and restaurants are fantastic.
  • Very grand place entrance steps very difficult if you are not sprightly. Don't climb them unless you have tickets to see the short film. Only interesting access is the exterior.
  • Well preserved Roman temple with a 23 minute film on the founding of Nimes. French with English subtitles. Worth the half hour to visit.

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