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La Maison Carree, Nimes

#1 of 9 in Historic Sites in Nimes
Ruin · Monument
La Maison Carree blends past and present with one of the best-preserved ancient Roman temples in the world, as well as a 3-D film about the heroes of Nîmes. This temple once dominated the forum of Nîmes, thanks to a deep Hexastyle portico with six Corinthian columns at either end of the pediment. Admire the frieze's ornamental relief carvings of rosettes and acanthus leaves beneath rows of delicate dentils. The interior shrine is typically small and windowless. For La Maison Carree and beyond, use our Nimes trip app to get the most from your Nimes vacation.
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  • As often happens in France, ancient objects have characteristics of completeness tending to make them, for example for us Italians, not very credible: too perfect, too complete compared to a...  more »
  • There is nothing to visit inside the house, but they show a 30 minutes film on the evolution of the city which is very well done and interesting  more »
  • The exterior of this temple is exquisite - it's the only preserved Roman temple in existence. Although the current situation is not its original (it has been renovated), it still stands strong as a testament to the Romans' presence in the south of France. It's an impressive sight. The interior, however, is a tourist trap.
  • I only saw it from the outside. Supposedly, it's one of the most perfectly preserved examples of Roman architecture. It's nice to look at.
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