5 things to know about Nîmes

Discover the essential anecdotes about this city in the south of France!

Nemausus au milieu du IIe siècleNîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire

The Roman city of Nîmes

A former colony under Latin law dating from the middle of the first century BCE, Nîmes has been renamed by some people as "French Rome". Its international reputation is based on its ancient heritage, which is exceptionally well preserved.

Emblême de la Ville de NîmesNîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire

The crocodile and the palm

The Roman coin minted in Nîmes bore a crocodile chained to a palm. This symbol celebrates Rome's victory over Egypt in the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE. Today, this representation has become the emblem of the city.

Musée du Vieux Nîmes, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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Musée des Cultures taurines, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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Museum d'histoire naturelle et préhistoire, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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Musée des Beaux-arts, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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Musée de la Romanité, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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Carré d'Art, From the collection of: Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire
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The city with 6 museums - From the Musée du Vieux-Nîmes, to the Musée des Cultures Taurines, the Musée d'Histoire naturelle, the Musée des Beaux-Arts, the Musée de la Romanité and the Carré d'Art Musée, the whole history of Nîmes' heritage is in the spotlight!

Vue de la Maison Carrée (Iᵉʳ siècle apr. J.-C.)Nîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire

The Maison Carrée, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Unique for its state of conservation, this Roman temple is now recognized for its outstanding universal value. Don't miss the chance to see such a masterpiece, a symbol of the ancient imperial cult!

La Féria de NîmesNîmes, Ville d'art et d'histoire

The Féria de Nîmes is THE must-see event!

Twice a year, at Pentecost and in September, Nîmes dances to the rhythm of bullfighting events and festive events. This is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with family and friends in a cheerful and supercharged atmosphere!

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