The Tour Magne, or the Great Tower, is the only remnant of the ancient Augustan fortifications. Standing at the highest point of the Nïmes, Mont Cavalier, it overlooks the entire plain and is a focal point for all means of communication.

The tower was originally a dry-stone oval tower, with a maximum height of 18m and already part of a rampart. A structure that was both prestigious and strategic, it represented sanctuary and protected the oppidum. By doubling its height and incorporating it into the town walls, Augustus demonstrated the new power of the colony of Nîmes over the 'City' (in the territorial sense) of the Volcae. When the town’s population abandoned the higher ground, the Tour Magne nevertheless continued to play a military role. It was used to defend against the English during the Hundred Years’ War.

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Founded: around 0 AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in France
Historical period: Roman Gaul (France)

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Cpt. JoJo (12 months ago)
Good place to visit if you are in the city. You are not going here primary due this but if you are already here you should walk in the park and this is perfect ending point of your walk. The ticket to the top can be bought together with some another sightseeing in the Nimes so may be better to think about bit when you will go there.
Toma Nicodin (12 months ago)
In few words • Take a small hike to see the building and admire the outside. Inside is not worth that much; expensive unless you get the 4 monument pass. The views are ok, but not impressive.
M.A. Garcias (13 months ago)
Beautiful place with an astounding view of the city. Worth the 15 minute walk up the steep road and climbing the vertigo-inducing steps to the top.
Taha Javaid (2 years ago)
A lot of stairs to go up but the view from the above is simply magnificent. This tower is one of the many that used to form a wall around the city. It's the only one left.
Camille Murphy (2 years ago)
Good value as part of the Nimes Pass but not by itself. It offers good views of Avignon. It's a bit of a hike to get up there through the park, and then in the tower itself you need to go up three flights of narrow stairs with people going both directions. Definitely not for unfit people or those with mobility issues. Going down the stairs can be slippery, so be careful!
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