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Nîmes: the Museum of Romanity opens its doors

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A building levitating over twenty centuries of history.

Stéphane Ramillon / City of Nîmes

After three years of work, the Museum of Romanity has just opened its doors to the bullring. This building-totem now houses an exceptional archaeological collection. And offer A Nîmes the world-object which he lacked to become a real destination.

Facing the circular mass Arena powerfully anchored in the ground is an aerial parallelepiped, draped in a glass toga. Between these buildings separated by two thousand years of history, Elizabeth de Portzamparcwho signs the Museum of Romanity, wanted to establish a sensual dialogue, based on their complementarity. She also wanted to make the new museum an urban landmark open to the city and its inhabitants. Permeable, the building is organized around a central street that connects the forecourt of arenas to a vast archaeological garden accessible to everyone. But first the facade that catches the eye: waving, shimmering, this translucent drape composed of seven thousand glass tiles also evokes a major Roman art, mosaic.

Work in the work, the facade with glass scales dialogue constantly with the light.

Nicolas Borel

A building levitating over twenty centuries of history.

Stéphane Ramillon / City of Nîmes

Once crossed its sparkling screenwe access an unparalleled museum experience, a unique immersion in Roman civilization in the Mediterranean, 7th century BC In the Middle Ages, through 5,000 exceptionally preserved pieces mosaics (including that of Pentheus, fabulous, discovered in the subsoil of Nîmes in 2006), bronze statues, marble, everyday objects ... Chronological and thematic, the path shows the role played by the Latin colony of Nemausus, and the bonds woven with its territory. It is enriched by numerous devices of augmented reality to visit a Gallic house, a rich Roman house, or to observe artisans at work ... Audio stories give life to historical characters and legends, while a method of video capture allows the visitor to admire wearing a Roman toga or armor.

Nymph in local limestone, discovered in Beaucaire in 1958, 1st century after J.-C.

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Highest point of the course, the green roof terrace offers a 360 ° viewpoint on Nîmes and its twenty-six centuries of history. It hosts the museum restaurant, The Table of 2, held by the chef Franck Putelat. Amazing view of the Arena!

Information: Museum of Romanity - "Gladiators, Heroes of the Colosseum", until 24 September 2018. 16 boulevard des Arènes. 04.48.21.02.10

The rooftop terrace, which is accessible to all, brings up the urban space in the museum.

Nicolas Borel

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