The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheatre, situated in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 100 A.D., shortly after the Coliseum of Roma, is the best preserved roman amphitheatre in the world. It is 133 meters long and 101 meters wide, with an arena measuring 68 meters by 38 meters. The outer facade is 21 meters high with 2 stories of 60 arcades. It is among the 20 largest roman amphitheatres of the 400 in existence. In roman times, the building could hold 24.000 spectators who were spread over 34 tiers of terraces divided into 4 self-contained zones or maeniana. The arena served as a public event theatre built by the Romans as well as a gladiator fighting arena.
Today, the Arena of Nîmes is the site of two annual bullfights during the Feria de Nîmes, and it is also used for other public events like the reenactment about antiquity "The great Roman Games" or concerts. Today, it holds more than 13.000 spectators.
Jan, Feb, Nov and Dec: 9:30 am - 5 pm
Mar, Oct : 9 am - 6 pm
Apr, May, Sep: 9 am - 6:30 pm
Jun: 9 am - 7 pm
Jul and Aug: 9 am - 8 pm