Nîmes, Antiquity to the Present
Its extraordinarily well-preserved Roman monuments —including the Arena, Maison Carrée and Tour Magne— have made Nîmes famous all over the world. The city has been able to integrate its 2,000-year-old heritage through the ages and, now more than ever, Antiquity and modernity are interwoven in harmony, giving Nîmes its special flavour and unique character. Eager to share its heritage, Nîmes is building a very modern-looking Museum of Roman Culture opposite the Arena. The Museum will open its doors to the public in 2018 to tell the story of the city's ancient roots. The Museum of Roman Culture will also be a living environment open to everyone, with gardens, a panoramic terrace, a gastronomical restaurant… It will be located in the city centre, which was revamped a short time ago with a focus on the art de vivre that makes Nîmes so charming: every square has been redesigned to welcome visitors to its pedestrian areas and businesses without encroaching on the city's heritage. Nîmes is proud of its identity and is now campaigning hard to add its city centre to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, based on the slogan "Antiquity to the Present". It hopes to make this dream come true in 2018.
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