The Culturespaces sites
Musées et centres d’art
Monuments historiques

Maison Carrée: closed on 5 May in the morning, first session at 12.30pm • Amphitheatre: consult the closing days in "Opening times and access"

Nîmes from yesterday to today

Frise chronologique

-600 The first traces of human habitation

The first traces of human habitation in Nîmes date from the late 6th century bc. These were clay huts with roofs of wattle and daub, supported by wooden posts. They were located close to a sacred spring dedicated to the god Nemaus (the site of the current-day Jardin de la Fontaine). 

-100 The founding of Nîmes
-58 The outbreak of the Gallic Wars
-15 The Construction of the Tour Magne
2 Construction begins on the Maison Carrée
100 Construction begins on the amphitheatre
300 The end of the Roman Games
417 The amphitheatre becomes a fortress
1000 The Maison Carrée, a consular house
1194 Knights in the amphitheatre
1226 Nîmes becomes part of the Kingdom of France
1670 The Maison Carrée is transformed into a church
1700 The amphitheatre, a residential quarter
1823 The Maison Carrée becomes a museum
1853 The restoration of the amphitheatre
1865 Archaeological excavations in the amphitheatre
2005 Culturespaces becomes a delegate
2009 The first edition of the Great Roman Games