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La Maison Carree, Nimes

Categories: Ruins, Monuments, Tourist Spots
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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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  • we had seen this from a car as part of a taster tour earlier in the week and decided to go back to Nimes to see more. Very steep steps (you have to start with the right foot for luck). Did not go in a...  read more »
  • The exterior is imposing and well preserved. Inside there is a projection on the history of Nimes and the building. Overall, a nice experience. 
  • The monument is restored and well preserved but on the stairs and Magnolia noisy youth groups in some places an unpleasant smell of urine. It remains a building of great impact. Interesting information panels in the vestibule.
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  • Best preserved Roman Temple in France and possibly in the world. Beautiful structure with a lot of history. To help you appreciate its history a short 20min video about the birth of Nîmes is worth a watch inside the temple.
  • The outside is outstanding, inside only if you have one of the combined tickets that cover it and you have 40 minutes to kill (23 mins video + entrance time + queueing time). Very mixed feelings about the video: The 3D reconstructions explaining how the buildings were put together are very good; the underlying story and the underlying morale, not so much.
  • Absolutely amazing Roman site...the most complete and intact Roman temple remaining from the ancient world. The movie inside (screened in multiple languages) is also excellent, and gives a very good overview about why Nimes is so important today with its unique Roman architecture.
  • Beautiful monument in the city, you can buy a ticket to visit the 3 different monuments here. I didn't have time for all so I did the arena and this maison carrée. Worth taking a look!
  • Interesting movie about the history of the Roman Nimes. Impressive, 2000 year old building.
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