France: Nimes

Nimes is famous for its ancient Roman monuments – one of the best preserved Roman Arena in the world and of the best preserved Roman temples in the world – the Maison Carree. At the height of the Roman Empire this was a major city of over 60,000 people. The arena dates back to the 1st century and the temples was built in 19 BC. Read that again – this is insane – these are 2 thousand year old structure, almost is perfect condition! The city itself is amazing – narrow streets, medieval Saint Castor cathedral, and marble covering the ground everywhere (which is amazing to walk on but it is so freaking slippery). Both the arena and the temple are UNESCO sites.
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