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La Maison Carree

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Address: Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
Phone Number: 33466218256
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Maison Carree in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely...

The Maison Carree in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome. Inside, you will discover a 23 minutes film "Nemausus, the birth of Nimes" which explains how Nimes became a roman city and shows the construction of the main roman sights of the city (Arena, Maison Carree, Tour Magne).

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Nice break in the middle

Great historical place in the centre of Nimes, is ideal for a good break. We didn't went inside as there was just a movie to be shown and not free

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great historical place in the centre of Nimes, is ideal for a good break. We didn't went inside as there was just a movie to be shown and not free

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautifully restored, this is definitely worth walking past. Norman Foster's opposing architecture and the cleared square recreating the forum of old is a fabulous example of old and new. There are panels and photographs outside the door explaining the history and development of this building - a temple, home, church, storage space and currently cinema for the projection of a... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great building, plain and simple although exciting, well worth a look. Unfortunately a lot of road works in Nimes July 2016 which took a lot of glitter from Nimes

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The film was interesting but I would have loved to have seen the inside recreated as the Roman temple it once was. Stunning and a UNESCO world heritage site, so as a classical historian it should be on your list!

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice from the outside. You can go and watch a film about it, there's no tour available, so we didn't bother. Various restaurants and nice shops around the square and the tourist information office is in the street opposite the front entrance. Easy walk from the Halles car park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A real nice temple in Nimes. Unfortunately there is not much to see inside, except watching a video. At least that was the case when we were there. The temple looks magnificent from the outside. The area where the temple is situated is part of a much larger complex, a kind of palace, which served in different capacities over the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The disappointment came with the fact that you really can't go inside of the building save the theater for viewing the film. That being said, the film was excellent as it have a history of the origins and rise of Nimes. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the film. The outside of the building is stunning.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This temple is one of the best temples you can see from the old Roman age. Inside there is shown a movie and we did not see this. But outside is very good !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The movie at La Maison Carrée on the history of the area is excellent, and this beautiful ancient temple is an impressive restored Roman structure. We visited on a short day trip by train from Avignon (and found it easy to walk there from the train station, including a visit to the Amphitheatre of Nîmes, or Arènes de Nîmes).

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, historic architecture. However, there is nothing inside, at all. So if you just want t see the place, don't bother paying for anything. There is a little movie to see inside ($2-3) about the history of Nimes, ~20 min. A bit cheesy, but if you are tired and hot from walking around, it's a nice way to take a... More 

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