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Under the leadership of the Emperor Augustus, the town underwent a period of great growth and development. Ramparts were constructed, extending for 7 km and surrounding more than 200 hectares of land, which was considerable for a Gallo-Roman city at that time. All that remains of these fortifications today is the Porte d’Auguste [The Gate of Augustus], and the Tour Magne. This tower was named after the Latin ‘Turris Magna’ meaning ‘great tower’, and was the tallest tower of the fortifications. It was built around an already existing Gallic tower that was approximately two hundred years old. Nîmes became one of the most important cities of Gallia Narbonensis and had the honour of being named ‘Colonia Augusta Nemausensis’ by the Emperor himself.

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Titre de l'évènement: 
The Construction of the Tour Magne
Date clé: 
-15
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Date affichée: 
15 BC
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