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Nimes has ancient origins. Loaded with a culture and a rich history, it remains a city with a strong identity and was promoted City of Art and History. Nimes is located in a basin, and this feature accentuated the disaster on October 3, 1988, when a storm of great intensity flooding the city, causing major damage and especially killing ten people. Since important works were made.
Today, Nimes is remodels, rehabilitating its old districts and developing south. It entrusts its projects and urban architecture the largest international designers: Norman Foster, Vittorio Gregotti, Jean Nouvel, Philippe Starck ... These achievements, the most famous is the Carre d'Art, designed by Norman Foster in front of the House Square, have aroused some controversy.
Built in the late first century AD, the amphitheater Nimes measure 133 metres long and 101 metres wide. The facade, 21 meters high, consists of two levels of 60 arches each. The arena, a place of prestige, regularly turn into a great hall where national and international artists just happen. They are also the heart of ferias Nimes, where bullfights meet thousands of spectators from all over the world.
Built in the first century AD, Roman temple dominated the forum of the ancient city. Dedicated to and Caius Lucius Caesar, son and grandchildren adoptive son of Emperor Augustus, the Maison Carrée is the only temple of the ancient world entirely preserved.
La Maison Carrée is surrounded by a colonnade, high on a podium and marked in its classical architecture by a Greek influence.
Faced with the House Square (La Maison Carée), designed by architect Lord Foster, the Carre d'Art includes a library of several thousand books, a library, a library and a museum of contemporary art. The collection includes gathered some 370 works and offers a panorama of contemporary creation of the 1960's.
Set in the eighteenth century, the Jardins de la Fontaine is one of the first public gardens in Europe. Respecting the plan of the ancient sanctuary around the source founder of the city (Nemausus), J-Ph. Mareschal and Gabriel Dardailhon drew (under the influence of Le Nôtre) a garden in which are currently collected many plant species Mediterranean. In its lower part, stands the temple of Diana.
The tower Magne overlooking the Jardins de la Fontaine, on Mount Cavalier. Octogonale, the highest and most prestigious towers of the Roman wall consisted of three levels above a basement. Today, the top floor has disappeared but it still amounts to 32 metres.
The basin water arriving from Uzès via the Pont du Gard is unique. As a circular basin (5.90 meters in diameter - 1.40 metre deep) carved in the rock, lead piping acheminaient water to the monuments, fountains and various districts of the ancient city.