Photographer's Note

The arena at Nimes is one of the best-preserved arenas from the Roman era and is still used today for public event such as concerts and bull fighting. There is a great self-guided audio tour that takes through the huge complex and describes the history of this magnificent building.

The construction of the Arena used to be attributed to the Emperor Augustus, who did a great deal for Nîmes. However, recent excavations have proved that the Arena were constructed between 90 and 120 AD, and not shortly before the Christian era. The Colosseum in Rome, which served as a model, dates back to approximately the same period.

The town of Nîmes was then called Nemausus, after the god of the same name, and, from approximately 20 BC onwards, was referred to as the Colonia de Neausensis Augusta. Augustus adopted a town planning approach for this colony that was typical of a Roman town, i.e. grand buildings and city walls enclosing a surface area of over 200 hectares.

Source: Arenes des Nimes

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