Arena of Nîmes

Nîmes, France

The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheatre built around AD 70. It was remodelled in 1863 to serve as a bullring. The Arenas of Nîmes is the site of two annual bullfights during the Feria de Nîmes, and it is also used for other public events. The building encloses an elliptical central space 133 m long by 101 m wide. It is ringed by 34 rows of seats supported by a vaulted construction. It has a capacity of 16,300 spectators.

As the Roman Empire fell, the amphitheatre was fortified by the Visigoths and was surrounded by a wall. During the turbulent years that followed the collapse of Visigoth power in Hispania and Septimania, not to mention the Muslim invasion and subsequent conquest by the French kings in the mid eighth century, the viscounts of Nîmes constructed a fortified palace within the amphitheater. In 737, after failing to seize Narbonne, Charles Martel destroyed a number of Septimanian cities on his way north, including Nîmes and its amphitheatre, as asserted in the Continuations of Fredegar. Later a small neighbourhood developed within its confines, complete with one hundred denizens and two chapels. Seven hundred people lived within the amphitheatre during the apex of its service as an enclosed community. The buildings remained in the amphitheatre until the eighteenth century, when the decision was made to convert the amphitheatre into its present form.



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Founded: 70 AD
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)


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Shunpin Tseng (4 months ago)
This is a smaller version of Colosseum and well restored. We enjoyed our visit and climb up to the top tier of the ring which provide a great view of the city. I would love to come back and see a snow at this place.
Herman Herman (4 months ago)
Great monument. But we also booked the audiotour and my so had to go back twice to change it because the battery was empty. Both times after only 5 minutes. Very annoying, therefore only 3 stars.
Noor SHALGHEN (4 months ago)
An unexpected trip to Nîmes, was full of beautiful places … this one is absolutely one of the best things I saw during my visit.. if you’ve got a road trip near Nîmes, don’t hesitate to step in and discover this small but wonderful city
Luka Mitrovic (5 months ago)
Place of the history, one of the places in Nimes that we must see. As we like history, this was right place for it. To see the beauty of the Arena, were in the past fought gladiators and than in more recent history Matadors. Still amazing architecture of Roman Empire.
Hardik Patel (11 months ago)
The Amphitheater is an ancient Roman temple in Nîmes, southern France; it is one of the best preserved Roman architecture. amphitheater of Nîmes, dating from the 1st century AD, is one of the best preserved in the Roman world. Must visit place if you travel to Nimes ? The amphitheater offers its prestigious setting for many events. It hosts bullfights, concerts and sporting events. The Arenas host a large number of cultural and festive shows all summer long, attracting a local and international audience. Grandiose and majestic, they constitute an exceptional outdoor stage and have thus marked internationally renowned stars, singers, dancers, musicians, and the best bullfighters.
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