Nîmes has a rich history dating back to the Roman Empire. It's sometimes referred to as the 'Rome of France' because of the significant collection of Roman buildings and artifacts.
In 2018, the city applied to be listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
A visit to Nîmes is like stepping back in time. The Musée de la Romanité is one of the best places to learn about the city's past.
Opened in mid-2018, this futuristic steel-and-glass structure sits facing Les Arènes right in the city's heart. The ambitious archaeological museum's permanent exhibitions are devoted to regional archaeology, with more than 5000 artifacts, including well-preserved mosaics and ceramics. French architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc designed this iconic building in Nimes. The building's undulating façade is a prominent landmark of the city.
Another important place for your visit is the Maison Carrée, which is beautifully preserved and has elegant columns and steps.
Built more than 2000 years ago, the Maison Carrée, the best-preserved Roman temple in the world, is incredible! Emperor Augustus originally built the temple in honor of his two adopted sons.
But there is another temple in town you shouldn't miss: Les Halles.
Its location, not far from the Maison Carrée (open every day except Monday), will have you wondering why it wasn't on your list of places to see. The Halles Centrales offers fresh local produce, gastronomy, and a unique visitor experience. It's a delight for the eyes and taste buds: rice and bull meat from the Camargue, Coiasse olives and olive oil from Nîmes, Pélardon de Cévennes cheese, and much more.
People come to Market Halles Centrales not just to buy food but also to meet with others and enjoy the experience of shopping in a covered and colorful market center.