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Arenes de Nimes, Nimes

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The Roman amphitheater Arenes de Nimes, constructed around 70 CE as a theater, later hosted bullfights and other public events. Thirty-four rows of seats, accommodating up to 16,300 visitors, ring this vaulted building's elliptical central space. The amphitheater was converted into a fortified town and refuge for denizens during the invasions and wars of the second millennium. Today, the amphitheater has been restored to its original purpose--now with a removable cover and heating system--and hosts musical acts from around the world. Plan your Arenes de Nimes visit and explore what else you can see and do in Nimes using our Nimes travel website.
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  • I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this examplary theatre thanks to the rigorous and engaging audioguide commentary. However, I have one stark criticism: the virtual guides glorify the bullfighting...  more »
  • As in Arles, this monument speaks more to us of the French passion, at least from Viollet le Duc onwards, for integration restorations than of the original Roman monument. That being said, the...  more »
  • The arena itself is very well preserved (apparently the best well preserved in the world according f to the audio guide). The guide provides with all sorts of detailed explanations about the gladiators. So if you're a Roman history nerd, it is a must go
  • Really amazing arena. Really loved it here when I went to see Rammstein. I had such an amazing experience. Had a full tour of the arena during the day where you can go right to the top of the arena and really get some cool pictures. You can find out some great history about the arena itself and also it has been the best venue for a concert until this date still. Really cool and I really want to go back.

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