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Arenes de Nimes

Address: Boulevard des Arenes, 30000 Nimes, France
Phone Number: +33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Cultural
Owner description: The Arènes of Nîmes is the best preserved amphitheatre in the Roman...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields, Cultural
Owner description: The Arènes of Nîmes is the best preserved amphitheatre in the Roman world. A contemporary of the Colosseum at Rome, it provides an exceptional example of Roman civilisation. The audio-guided and illustrated tour lets visitors experience the gladiator shows and life in Roman times. The gladiator's quarters presents the weapons and techniques of gladiatorial combat, and the Colours of the Bullfighting space introduces you to this world through the magnificent costumes of toreros.
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Lodz, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheater situated in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 70 AD,renovation started in XIX century. Nowadays twice a year you can see there bullfights. The rest of the year its just a monument where you can be just surprised by curious history of this place and spectacular look.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This well-preserved Roman arena is still used for bullfights today (not for me, and I wish they would stop). But the history here is fascinating. Nimes was a major Roman city, plus once the empire ended, it was fought over by various groups and factions. So after the gladiators left, people moved into the arena, using it as a fortress.... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We venture onto Nimes where we visit the roman arena. I am horrified to find that bullfighting is still a regular occurrence in the ancient arena. We line up and d purchase tour tickets and make our way down along the vaulted corridor out into the seating area of the arena. The tour is really a waste of time and... More 

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West Bloomfield, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Happened upon a bull festival in Nimes. Fascinating ancient city with ruins from 200 BC. Attended a bullfight with music, pomp and excitment. Bull appetizers served after. Violent, but beautiful. Would definitely return to Nimes.

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Lake Forest, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

For those who have not been to the Colosseum in Rome, an entrance ticket and an audio guide to this colosseum would be worthwhile. The audio commentary along with the small museum displaying armor and weapons and the display on the different warriors that fought over the centuries was very informative and educational. The arena itself is very large and... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

I promised myself to return to Arenes de Nimes. I was very exited when saw this historical harritage. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time and visited place around Arena at the night. It was 2 years ago and now I remembered it and this memories pushed me to write review. P.s. Be carefull on backstreets!!! At the night there are... More 

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Palos Hills, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

The arena was certainly not a let-down, though I will say that listening to the audioguide markedly enhances the experience of exploring the amphitheater. There is over two hours of information on the audioguide if you want to listen to it, and I did just that...and I'm really glad I did. The depictions of daily Nimois life in first century... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The Arena was very impressive and audio tour helped to explain certain aspects of the site. It really is a fabulous visit and, if you have a head for heights, go to the very top where you get rooftop views over the old city of Nimes. It really is an excellent visit and can't recommend it enough.

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Tustin, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

If you have seen one arena you have seen them all. Not really worth paying money to goin. The beauty and interest is on the outside

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

You will find this small colliseo in the middle of the Nimes city, practically this one is well preserved as it doesn't have any broken section. It is so well preserved that Metallica offered a concert recently, you can find the full video in youtube, just type Metallica at Nimes. The building looks amazing in the video.

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