How the monuments are run?
With more than 150,000 inhabitants and a surface area of 16,150 hectares, Nîmes is the twentieth largest city in France.
Endowed with a rich heritage, Nîmes is known as a “City of Art and History”. The grandeur and exceptional state of preservation of its Roman monuments are a major part of Nîmes’ identity. Built around 2000 years ago, the Maison Carrée, the Amphitheatre, the castellum divisorium and even the ruins of the Roman walls are undeniably part of the city’s character and charm. Nîmes is working on the design of a future grand “Museum of Roman Antiquity”.
On 9 July 2005, the Municipal Council of the City of Nîmes entrusted Culturespaces with the development, visitor management, cultural events and promotion of the three Roman monuments of the City of Nîmes.
The constant maintenance and updating of this incredible heritage are one the city’s main priorities: the façades of the Maison Carrée have just been entirely restored. For the Amphitheatre, an experimental phase is currently under way, preparing for the upcoming restoration of several of the rows of seats using processes that respect the character of the amphitheatre’s original stone..
Every year, the City organises numerous concerts during the summer in the Amphitheatre of Nîmes. The City and one of its representatives, the company Simon Casas Production, organise the corridas in the Amphitheatre during the Pentecost Fair (6 days around Whitsun) and the Grape Harvest Fair (4 days in mid-September).