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Arenes de Nimes

Boulevard des Arenes, 30000 Nimes, France
+33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #2 of 19 attractions in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins, Monuments/ Statues, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
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... more » 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. « less
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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Disappointed to arrive and find the arena had closed early, due to the need to set up for a performance in the evening. Check the website http://arenes-nimes.com/preparer-sa-visite/horaires-et-acces before you go! Because it is used as a performance venue, this is a regular occurrence in the summer.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

There is an awful lot of history associated with this arena, so even if you don't agree with the bull fighting aspects it's still worth a visit. It's a popular venue for pop concerts in the summer, so you may find the centre is occupied with a stage and lighting / mixing rigs. However the area is so huge you'll... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This was truly spectacular. I was completely in awe of this historical site. What an impressive structure.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We got the audioguide at this site and learned a great deal about gladiators. This audio was particularly well done. We used our imaginations and we felt like we were there back in the days of gladiators. We expected a short visit but we spent more than two hours taking it all in.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We were looking forward to visiting les Arėnes because we knew that it is well preserved, but the key to its preservation is that it has been in continuous use since the first century A.D. Its current use is for holding concerts and spectacles and that has made it much less of a tourist destination than it could have been.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

A great sense of history walking around the arena. Impressive structure. Worth a visit.We visited on a hot day and it was scorching sitting in the terraces.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Currently undergoing and on-going restoration. If there's only ONE thing you see while in Nimes, it has GOT to be this magnificent gem! Amusing and informative (live in French) guided visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We've seen many Ampthitheatres around Europe and this is lauded as one of the best. It's difficult to say this in my opinion. I know that the key to the survival of historical buildings is for them to adapt to modern trends. However I was ultimately disappointed by the addition of the modern seating and metal structures to hold the... More

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gtlasgow
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

beautiful and interesting, great 3 place visit card allows you to do all 3 Nime Roman sites for less than £10

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The amphitheater is still in use today, which is wonderful from the perspective of a local, but as a visitor, the modifications (metal seats, railings, all the extra construction items) added onto this arena detracted from the ancient flavor and made the interior less interesting. The exterior is still well worth seeing, and if you have not been into a... More

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