Arènes de Nîmes

Languedoc Roussillon
Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The best conserved Roman amphitheatre in the world, the Arènes de Nîmes is still a great venue for shows and events today. Able to hold 23,000 people, it is 133m long and 101m wide with numerous staircases and five circular galleries, and its 34 tiers of seats that were divided by social rank during Gallo-Roman times. A refuge in the Middle Ages, the houses and château that had been built inside were demolished in the early 1800s so that its original appearance could be restored and it be brought back to its original purpose as a huge theatre for entertainment.

Places to visit nearby

Nîmes in Languedoc Rousillon is the home of some of the best preserved Roman monuments in the world and is especially famous for its amphitheatre.

Montpellier in Languedoc Roussillon is a thriving and modern city near France's sunny south coast that was voted one of the New York Times' 'Places to go in 2012'.

Marseille in Provence Côte d'Azur is the second largest, and the oldest, city in France and is situated on the sunny south coast.

Nearby attractions

A beautiful garden in the heart of Nimes, the Jardins de la Fontaine are built on ancient springs, once beloved of the Romans, which fill its canals, ponds and fountains.

The Pont du Gard is one France's most popular ancient attractions in Europe and is visited by 1 million people every year.

Built in 2007 and recently extended in 2011, the Mare Nostrum Aquarium is a modern aquarium designed to immerse visitors in a spell-binding aquatic universe.