Jardins de la Fontaine

Nîmes, France

The Jardins de la Fontaine (Gardens of the Fountain) are built around the Roman thermae ruins. The remains of Roman baths were discovered on the site in the eigheenth century and the gardens were laid out using the old foundations with canals, terraces and water-basins.

Comments

Your name



Details

Founded: 100-200 AD
Category:
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

Rating

4.5/5 (based on Google user reviews)

User Reviews

Alina MIMI (2 years ago)
This place created for absolute pleasure, to relax, to take lovely pictures! I have been passing through this place at night! All ponds, fountains, artificial streams are lit up/Illuminated.... Great place to walk!
Mark Hopman (2 years ago)
Even in November, this place was beautiful to visit. The statues are reproductions - the originals safely tucked away in the Louvre, but the garden is very well maintained and historically important. The signs in the park are, however, all in French. Although I had no trouble reading them, I can imagine the disappointment for non-francophones who really want to visit this place, only to find out that they can't read the signs. I would also recommend a short stop at the Temple of Diana in the park.
yasmina lahlou (2 years ago)
The perfect place to go with family, friends or your loved one. A beautiful garden in the heart of the city
Wight Wiccan Grove of Nemetona (2 years ago)
Situated in the town of Nimes in Provence South Western France. The town map was easily followed and the Garden of the Fountains was approached via mature tree laden and watercoursed streets offering shade on a particularly hot day in the high 30's. It was only about 2 km to the Garden, but alas the Fountains were all off. The landscaped Garden offered some trees for shade. But in the South West corner there was a treat for me. The ancient Temple to the Goddess Diana was evocative, with well kept remains and made the trip special.
Mackie McIntosh (3 years ago)
This park was the highlight of our day trip to Nimes. The park has a large expanse of fountains and water features and is situated on a natural spring. There are nice placards throughout the park explaining the geologic and historical context. There is an old Roman temple to explore, and there is also an old Roman watchtower at the top of the hill. We spent over an hour exploring the paths and gardens.
Powered by Google

Featured Historic Landmarks, Sites & Buildings

Historic Site of the week

Palazzo Colonna

The Palazzo Colonna is a palatial block of buildings built in part over ruins of an old Roman Serapeum, and has belonged to the prestigious Colonna family for over twenty generations.

The first part of the palace dates from the 13th century, and tradition holds that the building hosted Dante in his visit to Rome. The first documentary mention notes that the property hosted Cardinal Giovanni and Giacomo Colonna in the 13th century. It was also home to Cardinal Oddone Colonna before he ascended to the papacy as Martin V (1417–1431).

With his passing, the palace was sacked during feuds, and the main property passed into the hands of the Della Rovere family. It returned to the Colonna family when Marcantonio I Colonna married Lucrezia Gara Franciotti Della Rovere, the niece of pope Julius II. The Colonna"s alliance to the Habsburg power, likely protected the palace from looting during the Sack of Rome (1527).

Starting with Filippo Colonna (1578–1639) many changes have refurbished and create a unitary complex around a central garden. Architects including Girolamo Rainaldi and Paolo Marucelli labored on specific projects. Only in the 17th and 18th centuries were the main facades completed. Much of this design was completed by Antonio del Grande (including the grand gallery), and Girolamo Fontana (decoration of gallery). In the 18th century, the long low facade designed by Nicola Michetti with later additions by Paolo Posi with taller corner blocks (facing Piazza Apostoli) was constructed recalls earlier structures resembling a fortification.

The main gallery (completed 1703) and the masterful Colonna art collection was acquired after 1650 by both the cardinal Girolamo I Colonna and his nephew the Connestabile Lorenzo Onofrio Colonna and includes works by Lorenzo Monaco, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Palma the Elder, Salviati, Bronzino, Tintoretto, Pietro da Cortona, Annibale Carracci (painting of The Beaneater), Guercino, Francesco Albani, Muziano and Guido Reni. Ceiling frescoes by Filippo Gherardi, Giovanni Coli, Sebastiano Ricci, and Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari celebrate the role of Marcantonio II Colonna in the battle of Lepanto (1571). The gallery is open to the public on Saturday mornings.

The older wing of the complex known as the Princess Isabelle"s apartments, but once housing Martin V"s library and palace, contains frescoes by Pinturicchio, Antonio Tempesta, Crescenzio Onofri, Giacinto Gimignani, and Carlo Cesi. It contains a collection of landscapes and genre scenes by painters like Gaspard Dughet, Caspar Van Wittel (Vanvitelli), and Jan Brueghel the Elder.

Along with the possessions of the Doria-Pamphilij and Pallavacini-Rospigliosi families, this is one of the largest private art collections in Rome.