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La Maison Carree

Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
+33 4 66 21 82 56
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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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  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
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“roman temple” (45 reviews)
“minute film” (17 reviews)
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Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
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Very interesting history. Well documented in English. Set in a beautiful square where you can also see the celebrated work of Norman Foster. Refurbished completely by the French in the 1990's, the Maison Carree nevertheless is a faithful reflection of what it must have originally...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The outside of this building is very impressive, and is not to be missed on a visit to Nimes. The film inside is less impressive, but is a great way to cool down if it's a hot day.

Thank Lucy S
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Maison Carree is one of the best preserved Roman temple façades to be found in the territory of the former Roman Empire and the only completely preserved temple of the ancient world. It is a short walk from the towns main attraction, the Arena,...More

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw a 25 minute movie (they run every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour) about the history of Nimes. The outside of the building is impressive. Inside the theatre it was air conditioned which was much appreciated on a hot day.

Thank mini_d51
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building has been in use for over 20 centuries. What a crazy history... Now it's a cinema with a 23 minutes movie on the story of the city. No Oscar nomination for the movie but the views outside from the Forum are breathtaking. This...More

Thank Peter D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautifully preserved, the Maison Carré is one of the nicest examples of Roman architecture. It's a pity though that you can't admire the interior, as the only thing to see inside is a movie about the history of Nîmes.

Thank Patrick G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Every half hour a new screening of a film about the Romans in Nimes starts. Other than an information board outside, the film is the only thing you can see here. A bit of a shame, but the film does explain a lot. It's in...More

Thank Melinda M
Reviewed 21 May 2017

a pleasant way to pass a few moments. Good value with the Nimes city pass. t helped to bring the Roman way of life more clearly to mind as we visited other places nearby as well....

Thank daun0
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

This amazing structure is the centrepiece of the forum in Nimes, but could be anywhere on the Mediterranean coast. A beautiful building with columns that command your attention. My ticket allowed access, where you can watch a short 25 minute film on the historical characters...More

Thank PeterF_Syd
Reviewed 18 May 2017 via mobile

We did not want to wait for the next movie in La Maison, so we just walked around the building. It is quite incredible. Beautiful and amazingly well-conserved.

Thank bangsibear
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